Abu Dhabi developer Aldar acquires TDIC’s real estate assets worth 3.7 billion dirhams

Aldar’s agreement with Tourism Development & Investment Company to acquire 3.7 billion dirhams worth of prime real assets is one of the largest property acquisitions in the UAE’s history. (Courtesy Aldar)
Updated 07 May 2018
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Abu Dhabi developer Aldar acquires TDIC’s real estate assets worth 3.7 billion dirhams

DUBAI: Abu Dhabi developer Aldar on Monday said it has signed an agreement with Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC) to acquire 3.7 billion dirhams worth of its prime real assets, one of the largest property acquisitions in the UAE’s history.
The transaction will be fully complete by the end of June, subject to fulfilment of certain conditions, the company said in a disclosure to the Abu Dhabi stock exchange.
The 14 assets acquired from TDIC, mostly focus on the emirate’s tourism-cultural destination Saadiyat Island, range from hospitality, retail, residential, education and infrastructure as well as a selection of prime land plots and projects currently being developed. The more notable acquisitions include the Eastern Mangroves complex, Saadiyat Island district cooling assets, Cranleigh School Abu Dhabi and Westin Golf & Spa.
“Acquiring assets on Saadiyat Island presents Aldar with an unprecedented opportunity to add significant value to its portfolio. The opening of the Louvre Abu Dhabi has demonstrated the government’s commitment to make Saadiyat Island one of the most sought-after destinations in the world,” Talal Al Dhiyebi, Chief Executive Officer of Aldar Properties, said in a statement to the bourse.
“We believe this landmark acquisition will further advance Abu Dhabi’s real estate sector and accelerate the development of Saadiyat Island, taking it to the next level. This is a very exciting time for the market, and as its leading player, we’re well placed to take advantage, with the injection of these new assets.”
The land and projects under development that to be taken over will form part of Aldar’s development destination strategy, the developer said, while collectively the acquired assets should deliver ‘an incremental net operating income of approximately 120 dirhams million to Aldar’s asset management portfolio on an annualized basis.’
The gross development value of the projects under development on Saadiyat Island is 2.5 billion dirhams. The land located on Saadiyat Island that is being acquired, which is infrastructure enabled, has approximately 1.1 million square meters of gross floor area.


SABIC prepares to meet investors to offer bond

Updated 25 September 2018
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SABIC prepares to meet investors to offer bond

  • The Kingdom’s petrochemical giant will be meeting investors in London, New York, Los Angeles and Boston from Sept. 25
  • SABIC has also confirmed the appointment of BNP Paribas and Citigroup as global coordinators on the sale

LONDON: Saudi Basic Industries Corp. (SABIC) is preparing to offer its dollar-denominated unsecured bond to the global market with investor meetings due to start this week.
The Kingdom’s petrochemical giant will be meeting investors in London, New York, Los Angeles and Boston from Sept. 25, according to a filing on the Saudi stock exchange on Tuesday.
The Saudi company is likely to be keen to tap into the heightened international interest in the Kingdom’s financial markets following the lifting of some restrictions on foreign investors’ activities at the start of the year.
SABIC has also confirmed the appointment of BNP Paribas and Citigroup as global coordinators on the sale, alongside HSBC Bank, Mitsubishi UFG Securities EMEA and Standard Chartered Bank acting as joint lead managers, in its Tadawul note.
The proposed issuance has been well-received so far by analysts with ratings agency Moody’s Investor Service assigning an ‘A1’ rating to the proposed senior unsecured notes to be issued by the financial vehicle, referred to as SABIC Capital II, and guaranteed by SABIC itself.
“SABIC’s A1 rating reflects its strong business position in the chemical sector and its ability to weather industry volatility, particularly given its healthy operational cash flows and conservative liquidity profile,” said Rehan Akbar, a senior analyst at Moody’s, in a note on Monday.

 

The bond is anticipated to be used in part to refinance an existing SR11.3 billion ($3 billion) one-year bridge loan raised in January this year to fund the company’s 24.99 percent stake in the Swiss chemical company Clariant, according to the Moody’s note. All regulatory requirements were completed on this acquisition earlier this month.
Cash proceeds from the bond may also be used to repay a $1 billion bond due on Oct. 3, according to Moody’s.
On Tuesday SABIC confirmed that the bond will be used mainly to refinance “outstanding financial obligations” of the company and its subsidiaries.
Analysts at rating agency S&P Global were also upbeat about SABIC’s outlook, with research published on Monday stating that the company has “strong profitability” via its KSA operations and a “strong” liquidity position.
“The debt issuance is helpful for the credit profile in the sense that it extends the company’s debt maturity profile and strengthens its liquidity position,” said Tommy Trask, corporate and infrastructure credit analyst at S&P Global.
The agency currently assigns the petrochemical firm an ‘A Minus’ rating, with a “stable outlook,” which it said reflects its “view on the sovereign as well as its expectations that SABIC will maintain high profitability under current benign industry conditions.”
S&P Global’s report said margins in the global chemical industry will “largely stabilize in 2018 following several years of improvement, attributable to the increase in commodity chemical capacity.”
However, it also warned that a key risk to credit quality is
the trend for mergers and acquisitions within the sector and the “potential negative impact on credit metrics from funding them with debt.”

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SABIC operates in more than 50 countries across the world.