ADES secures US$80 million long term loan facility in KSA
(London & Dubai, 1 August 2019) ADES International Holding PLC ("ADES" or the "Company"), a leading oil & gas drilling and production services provider in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), is pleased to announce that it has secured a SAR 300 million (US$80 million) Long Term Loan Facility ("the Facility") from National Commercial Bank ("NCB"), a leading Saudi-based financial institution.
The Facility has been secured against ADES 13 & 14 (the Company's recently built onshore rigs for Saudi Arabia) and will be used to optimise ADES's cost of funding and provide access to liquidity in accordance with the Group's business strategy.
The Facility terms:
· 7-year tenor with a 12-month grace period
· Fixed interest rate of 2.25% plus variable rate of 6 months SAIBOR to be paid semi-annually
· Repayment of the principal amount will be calculated using the straight-line amortisation method, with a fixed repayment rate of 7.69%, payable semi-annually after the grace period
Commenting on the Facility agreement, Dr. Mohamed Farouk, Chief Executive Officer of ADES International Holding, said:
"We are pleased to see ADES' banking relationships and access expanded with the NCB agreement, one of the leading Saudi-based banks. It is testimony to the continued confidence placed in ADES by major regional and international banks in the Middle East. The relatively low interest rate facility will enhance our financing options and helps reduce the cost of funding for our business activities and the execution of our growth strategy going forward."
ADESInternationalHoldingextendsoilandgasdrillingandproductionservicesthroughitssubsidiariesandisaleading service provider in the Middle East and North Africa, offering onshore and offshore contract drilling as well as workover and production services.Itsc.4,000 employeesserveclientsincludingmajornationaloilcompanies("NOCs")suchas Saudi Aramco and Kuwait Oil Company as wellasjointventuresofNOCswithglobalmajorsincludingBPandEni. While maintaining a superior health, safety and environmental record, the Group currently has a fleet of thirty-four onshoredrillingrigs,thirteen jack-up offshore drilling rigs, ajack-upbarge,andamobileoffshoreproductionunit("MOPU"),whichincludesafloatingstorage and offloadingunit. For more information, visit investors.adihgroup.com
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