Pakistan International Airline PIA ropes in UAE lenders for Dh330m finance

Dubai: Pakistan International Airlines Corporation (PIA) said, it has executed facility documentation for a $90 million (Dh330 million) Shari’a compliant financing facility. It was arranged by Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank, Al Hilal Bank, Citibank N.A., and United Bank Limited as Mandated Lead Arrangers & Joint Bookrunners. Clifford Chance and Haidermota & Co. acted as legal counsel to the arrangers. PIA was represented by Mandviwalla & Zafar, Gulf News reported on Monday.

The transaction is expected to be upsized to $100 million with Warba Bank in Kuwait joining the facility as a Lead Arranger. The three-year facility will be used for PIA’s general corporate purposes and reflects investor confidence in the airline and its strategic importance to Pakistan. The facility represents the first syndicated commercial foreign currency financing for a Pakistani obligor since 2007, report said.

PIA’s Deputy Managing Director, M. Salim Sayani, Chief Financial Officer Nayyar Hayat, and Deputy General Manager, Shahid Munir, were in Dubai for signing ceremony. “This facility re-introduces the airline in international financial markets and further develops our banking relationships in the region. This funding will allow the airline to implement its five year business plan, which includes financial restructuring and a fleet renewal program through which the airline will add five wide body and thirty nine narrow body modern aircraft,” added Sayani.

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