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Telecom Egypt to raise $500 million syndicated loan led by UAE banks

Reuters , Monday 13 Aug 2018
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File Photo: Telecom Egypt is pictured at their headquarters building in Cairo, Egypt, September 20, 2017 (Photo: Reuters)
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Telecom Egypt, the country's largest internet provider, is raising a $500 million syndicated loan for capital and operating expenditure, according to a statement from banks leading the transaction.

First Abu Dhabi Bank and Mashreqbank, mandated to jointly arrange the five-year facility, have begun syndicating the deal to other lenders, they said.

Telecom Egypt is 80 percent state-owned, with the remainder of its shares listed on the Egyptian and London stock exchanges.

The loan is the latest of a number of debt facilities raised by Egyptian borrowers over the past few months, suggesting improved business conditions in the country under a $12 billion three-year IMF loan programme tied to fiscal and economic reforms.

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