Aabar Investments offers Dubai contractor debt facility

14 July 2016

The company statement added that the additional funding will be used towards delivering ongoing and newly awarded projects

Dubai-listed Arabtec Holding is to receive a $108.9m debt facility to help support it during challenging conditions in the regional construction market, according to a company statement on the Dubai stock exchange (DFM).

The facility will be provided by the Abu Dhabi’s Aabar Investments, which owns 36 per cent of the contractor.

The company statement added that the additional funding will be used for delivering ongoing and newly awarded projects.

Last month Arabtec said it plans to use AED1bn ($272m) of its statutory reserves to write off part of its accumulated losses, in line with the company’s restructuring process.

Arabtec will use of AED1bn will cover 44 per cent of the company’s accumulated losses, leaving a reserves balance of AED148m.

Arabtec has also hired US restructuring advisory firm AlixPartners to help it strengthen its capital structure and reform its business. The work of advisers in drawing up a restructuring plan is “going very well and should be completed very soon”, said Mohamed al-Mehairi the firm’s vice-chairman.

Like many regional contractors, Arabtec has struggled with the slowdown in regional economies as Gulf governments slash spending and cap infrastructure products on the back of lower oil prices.


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