Units of Saudi retailer ink $1.2bn financing deals

Two subsidiaries of Fawaz Alhokair Group sign agreements to fund real estate developments

Saudi shoppers. (Photo for illustrative purposes only)

Saudi shoppers. (Photo for illustrative purposes only)

Two units of Saudi Arabia's Fawaz Alhokair Group have signed sharia-compliant financing facilities worth SR4.6bn ($1.2bn) to fund real estate developments, a statement said.

Arabian Centers Company Limited (ACCL) and Saudi FAS completed deals worth SR2.7bn and SR1.9bn respectively, according to a statement from law firm Latham & Watkins, which advised the firms.

The transactions took almost a year to complete due to the complex structures which have never been used in Saudi before, Muhanad Awad, chief executive of FAS Capital, the financial and investment arm of Alhokair, said in the statement.

Alinma Bank, Gulf International Bank, National Commercial Bank, Samba Financial Group and Saudi Hollandi Bank provided the ACCL facility, with Alinma the sole financier of the Saudi FAS deal, the statement added.

No details of the terms for the financing was provided. King & Spalding was legal counsel to the banks.

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