Banque Misr concludes term facility with $1bln loan

Bank successfully renewed its syndicated loan with the participation of 22 banks from 11 countries


Banque Misr has concluded its largest syndicated term facility to date with medium term $1 billion loan from international debt capital markets to finance projects and contribute to the sustainable development.

Banque Misr (BM) initially planned to refinance the existing $550 Million syndicated loan signed in 2018 and for general funding purposes, due to strong oversubscription during the course of the syndication with BM receiving approximately $1.2 billion of demand which is around 200% of the initial targeted amount, BM had to upsize the facility amount twice and has closed the syndication at $1 billion with a final roll-over ratio 181%.

BM successfully renewed its syndicated loan with the participation of 22 banks from 11 countries with 12 new banks from the US, Europe, Middle East and Asia which were not involved in the last facility.

BM Chairman Mohamed ElEtreby said: “The syndication’s outcome demonstrates the financial resiliency of BM’s and its recognition as an empowering arm to restore the macroeconomic stability and in upholding to the economic reforms in an expanding market even during 2021 turbulent conditions.”

Akef ElMaghraby, Vice Chairman of BM added: “with the adverse impact of the global pandemic along with the challenging access to Liquidity BM has accomplished new achievement which will be mirrored in fundamental drivers of the Egyptian economic growth.”

The transaction was jointly coordinated by Emirates NBD Capital (EmCap) and Mashreqbank, who were able to ensure a closing in record timelines. While EmCap acted as Syndication Agent, Mashreq was the Documentation Agent. First Abu Dhabi Bank PJSC acted as the Facility Agent.

The Facility, which carries a tenor of 3 years, will serve to diversify the Bank’s funding profile and to refinance existing facility.

Moustafa Gamal –Head of Treasury and Correspondent Banking – Banque Misr said: “The economic disruptive situation has revealed the importance of institutional funding functions in contributing to recovery. Headed by Shady El Gazzar who diligently managed the negotiations with lenders, the financial institutions team worked to efficiently conclude one of the most prominent deals conducted in BM, financing in a dynamic framework defying time constraints with record time close to 1 month end to end and breaking market’s benchmarks.

“This transaction shall be interpreted into the economy as contribution to corporate financing and other activities while ensuring that BM continues to act prudently despite possible negative impacts of a demanding economic environment.”

Emirates NBD Capital Limited CEO, Mohammad Al Bastaki said: “The successful execution of Banque Misr’s largest syndicated loan to date is a testament to the bank’s credibility and strong position in the emerging markets, this also reaffirms the expanding cross-border investor confidence in Egypt’s growth story and its top-tier institutions. Emirates NBD Capital is pleased to coordinate and lead the transaction on behalf of Banque Misr, and will continue to support its global strategic clients in their future financing needs.”

Chiradeep Deb, Global Head of Investment Banking, Mashreq Bank said: “We are extremely pleased with the outcome and take immense pride in leading this important deal for Banque Misr. The quantum of liquidity that came through the door, in record time, demonstrates the confidence that lenders placed in Banque Misr, and also shows the growing attractiveness of Egypt among investors in Emerging Markets.

“Mashreq’s strong regional presence and its leading investment banking practice have helped channel foreign currency liquidity into deserving credit stories in the corporate and FI space in Egypt. We shall continue to play a pivotal role in this space in the near future.” – TradeArabia News Service

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