Crédit Agricole and cohort of banks throw weight behind Saudi-Korea export financing

Saudi Arabia’s ministry of finance has inked a US$3bn untied loan agreement with nearly a dozen international banks and the Republic of Korea’s official export credit agency (ECA). Korea Trade Insurance Corporation (K-Sure) will provide insurance cover for the total transaction, which aims to boost Korean exports to the Middle Eastern country. Crédit Agricole CIB acted as exclusive ECA co-ordinating bank, structuring and documentation bank, agent, as well as bookrunner and mandated lead arranger (MLA) for the deal. Banco Santander, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank and Société Générale all participated as bookrunners and MLAs, while BNP Paribas, BBVA and SMBC Bank International acted as MLAs. Citibank and JP Morgan were two other original lenders, with both serving as lead arrangers on the agreement. Fahad A. Al-Saif, CEO of the National Debt Management Center, which represented the ministry in the deal, notes that the long-term financing will be used for strategic government projects in line with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 plan. Saudi Vision 2030 is a comprehensive programme to diversify the country’s economy away from its current dependence on oil and develop public service sectors. Al-Saif adds that the new deal is expected to lead to meetings between service providers from South… continue reading

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