Malls unit of Dubai's Emaar Properties raises $1.9b Islamic loan

Dubai's Emaar Properties said on Sunday that its Emaar Malls Group has raised a US$1.5 billion (S$1.9 billion) syariah-compliant loan through a consortium of local banks to optimise its capital structure ahead of a planned listing of the unit. -- PHO
Dubai's Emaar Properties said on Sunday that its Emaar Malls Group has raised a US$1.5 billion (S$1.9 billion) syariah-compliant loan through a consortium of local banks to optimise its capital structure ahead of a planned listing of the unit. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

DUBAI (Reuters) - Dubai's Emaar Properties said on Sunday that its Emaar Malls Group has raised a US$1.5 billion (S$1.9 billion) syariah-compliant loan through a consortium of local banks to optimise its capital structure ahead of a planned listing of the unit.

Emaar said the loan is repayable in seven years and carries a profit rate of 1.75 per cent over the London interbank offered rate (Libor).

The funds are provided on an equal basis by three Dubai lenders - Dubai Islamic Bank, Mashreq and Noor Bank - and two from Abu Dhabi - First Gulf Bank and National Bank of Abu Dhabi, Reuters reported on Thursday.

Emaar did not specify which banks were involved in the statement.

The developer plans to list up to 25 per cent of Emaar Malls Group on the Dubai bourse at a later date in a flotation that is expected to be valued at around 8 to 9 billion dirhams (S$2.7 to S$3.1 billion), Emaar said last week.