Ali Rashid Lootah

Nakheel confirms talks to tap new funds

Having cleared all of its historical debts, Nakheel confirmed talks are on with banks to tap 'cheap' funds for its ongoing and future projects. But there is no intention to seek such funds through another sukuk or via a share offer. Nakheel is now completely off debts, having paid off Dh4.4 billion to trade creditors via a sukuk. It had in 2014 paid off Dh7.9 billion to its banking lenders, four years before they were due. Nakheel Chairman Ali Rashid Lootah said he is hopeful of netting a new funding agreement before the year end. The funds can come in handy with Nakheel’s existing roster of projects. This includes a mega-mall, with an estimated development cost of Dh4 billion plus.

Limitless said to seek delay on installment of US$1.2 billion debt

Limitless LLC, the Dubai-based developer, has reportedly asked creditors to defer the first installment on its $1.2 billion restructured debt until the end of 2015. The company has offered banks 200 million dirhams ($54 million) toward the $400 million amortization due in December. Limitless, which was put under the management of state-controlled developer Nakheel PJSC in 2010, has requested postponement of payment for a year. The company is revising business plans and will approach lenders about the debt maturing in 2014, its chairman Ali Rashid Lootah said. Options include sale of land in Jebel Ali, he added. Seemingly, the company reached an arrangement that would give lenders a profit rate equivalent to interest of 175 basis points over the London interbank offered rate and may extend payment by five years.

Nakheel pays additional Dh206m to creditors

The real estate developer Nakheel on Tuesday announced that it paid an additional Dh206 million to its creditors as part of its debt restructuring. The funds, due to be paid at the end of February 2013 in accordance with the developer’s financial restructuring commitments, bring the total loan interest and trade creditor sukuk profit paid to Dh923 million since restructuring. According to Nakheel chairman Ali Rashid Lootah, The company is in a good financial position and has about $600 million of cash on its balance sheet.

Dubai's Nakheel in talks to extend $2.2 billion loan: report

Developer Nakheel is in talks to extend 8 billion dirhams ($2.18 billion) in loans due in 2015, according to its chairman Ali Rashid Lootah. The bank loans under consideration include 6.76 billion dirhams in secured facilities provided by, among others, Dubai's biggest bank Emirates NBD as well as 470 million dirhams in unsecured facilities, all due in 2016. Nakheel reported a 57-percent rise in annual profit in January. It also made interest and profit payments of around 800 million dirhams to lenders last year and has paid around 10 billion dirhams to various trade creditors and contractors since the start of its debt restructuring.

Chairman of Dubai's Nakheel denies report, says company can repay debts

Ali Rashid Lootah, the chairman of Dubai government-owned developer Nakheel, assured that his company is in a good financial position and has about $600 million of cash on its balance sheet. The comments followed a recent report from analysts at boutique investment bank Exotix that estimated Nakheel may have difficulties repaying a $1.1 billion Islamic bond and about $2 billion of bank debt due in 2016 with its own resources. Nakheel issued the Islamic bond, or sukuk, as part of its restructuring settlement. According to Mr. Lootah further sukuk shares will be issued.

Limitless thrashes out settlement

Property giant Limitless has made a deal to to restructure $1.2bn (Dh4.4bn) of Shari’ah compliant debt with its lenders. The syndicate was established in 2008 and was originally due in 2010. Because of the restructuring, the company's ownership will be transferred to the government of Dubai. Limitless has set to repay all its creditors by 2016.

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Nakheel plans Sukuk to settle contractor claims

Developer Nakheel has negotiated contractor demand worth Dh1 billion so far and hopes to launch the second tranche of its Islamic bond within the next six months. This statement came from Ali Rashid Lootah, its chairman.

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