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Sabic inks $1.2 billion loan

Riyadh, June 29, 2010

Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (Sabic) said it had signed a credit facilities worth 4.5 billion  riyals ($1.2 billion) as part of overall project funding at the world's biggest petrochemical group.

Sabic signed the deal with Saudi Arabia's National Commercial Bank (NCB), according to a stock market statement on Tuesday.

The news comes two weeks after Saudi bank Alinma said it would grant a $1 billion credit facility to Sabic.

A Sabic spokesman could not immediately say whether the Alimna facility had been signed in the meantime.

Sabic's financial arm Sabic Capital last month delayed a benchmark dollar bond issue due to jitters that hit global credit markets over fiscal problems in some euro zone countries.

Between July 2006 and May 2008, state-controlled Sabic raised 16 billion riyals from three Islamic bond issues. It raised 2 billion riyals in December 2009 from a private bond placement.

A typical benchmark bond issue is for a minimum $500 million. Sabic said it has to repay 5.54 billion riyals in long-term loans in 2010 and 11.26 billion riyals in 2011.-Reuters




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