The five-year facility has a step-up pricing structure starting at 45 basis points (bp) over Libor. The average margin is about 50 bp.
Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank
was the documentation agent, Barclays Capital
was co-documentation agent, National Bank of Abu Dhabi
was facility agent and HSBC
and First Gulf Bank
acted as security trustees. The expectation is that a refinancing will take place well before the bridge loan reaches maturity, and the facility has a step-up structure.
DEL’s attention is now expected to turn to arranging an Islamic bridge and to negotiating permanent financing with the Japan Bank for International Co-operation, underpinned by a Japanese offtake agreement for a substantial portion of the 60,000-70,000 barrels a day of condensates and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) that will be produced by Dolphin’s gas processing facilities at Ras Laffan.
The loan is guaranteed by DEL’s shareholders, Abu Dhabi’s Mubadala Investment Company
, which owns 51 per cent, and France’s Total
and the US’ Occidental Petroleum
, which each own 24.5 per cent (MEED 2:7:04).