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Haitham Shalaby

The Sultan Center completes debt restructure plan

KUWAIT, October 10, 2021

Kuwait-headquartered supermarket chain The Sultan Center (TSC) has entered into an agreement with the National Bank of Kuwait (NBK) and Al Ahli Bank of Kuwait (ABK) to restructure KD76.6 million ($254 million) of Sultan’s debt, achieving a restructure of 92% of the company’s total liabilities.

As a result of its restructuring agreement, repaid over ten years, The Sultan Center will significantly rebalance its capital structure, strengthen its balance sheet, and position it to continue growing its core business.  

The Sultan Center Chief Financial Officer Haitham Shalaby said: “The agreement places The Sultan Center on a path to improve its capital structure and execute its long-term business strategy. We thank our financial partners for their support. Today’s agreement is a validation both for our business model and our robust capital position.

“This restructuring, coupled with an increase in profitability and a decrease in our current liabilities, provides a sound foundation for growth in the months and years ahead. We now have the operational efficiency and flexibility to fully pursue our ambitions of delivering the most sought-after grocery retail market experience in the region."

The three-phased ‘Kuwait Retail First” turn-around plan was tasked with refocusing the company on its core retail business, boosting its balance sheet, and improving cash flow. At the centre of the plan is a commitment to having a consistently strong core retail business. After delivering this turn-around plan, The Sultan Center is set on a new store expansion drive regionally, involving multiple projects that are currently underway that convey flagship concepts providing a unique experience that is tailored to the discerning customer.

Sultan’s turn-around plan

Launched in 2017, Sultan’s turn-around plan aimed to refocus the company on its core retail business by exiting non-core assets and non-performing activities on the one-hand, and on the other hand focusing on enhancing its core retail business.

The plan had three main objectives: 1. Exiting non-core activities (successfully completed in 2019), 2. Bolstering the balance sheet and restructuring debt (successfully completed with today’s announcement), and 3. Grow retail business (currently in progress and on schedule). Other goals include establishing a world-class and robust corporate governance structure, introducing a leaner business model, stronger supplier relationships, and an omni-channel approach to its business.  All of which are striding ahead of scheduled targets. – TradeArabia News Service




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