Stanbic Bank Uganda Acquires $55m Loan Facility from Dubai

Patrick Mweheire, Stanbic Uganda CEO

Stanbic Bank Uganda Limited, pharmacy (Stanbic Uganda) a subsidiary of Standard Bank Group Limited (Standard Bank Group), signed a US$ 55 Million two year term loan facility today in Dubai. Emirates NBD Capital Limited was the Sole Co-ordinator and Bookrunner of the financing.

Al Ahli Bank of Kuwait K.S.C.P, Bank of Baroda, SBM Bank (Mauritius) Ltd and The Commercial Bank (Q.S.C.) joined the transaction as Mandated Lead Arrangers. The financing, which will be used for general corporate purposes, including, but not limited to finance exclusively in the specific sectors of energy, agriculture, mining and quarrying, manufacturing, trade, transport and telecommunications, infrastructure, electricity and water, construction and real estate, was oversubscribed from the initial launch amount of US$ 40 Million.  The facility pays 275 basis points margin over LIBOR.

Dr. Rassem Zok, CEO MENA, Standard Bank of South Africa Limited (DIFC Branch), stated that “the fact that Middle Eastern and International banks have returned to participate in this re?issue for Stanbic Uganda confirms both the positive outlook for the Ugandan economy and confidence in our Standard Bank Group’s leadership in corporate and investment banking in Sub?Sahara Africa”.

Ahmed Al Qassim, CEO, Emirates NBD Capital said “Since the beginning of 2015 we have arranged a number of syndicated loan transactions for African financial institutions. We are pleased to have again partnered with Standard Bank Group in yet another landmark transaction for its subsidiary, we are proud to be the main banking partner for Standard Bank Group and its subsidiaries in the GCC. We consider ourselves as the gateway to Middle-Eastern investors for global institutions, and we are currently working with institutions from various geographies and introducing them to the region”.

Faisal Lalani, Head – Institutional & International Banking, Emirates NBD Bank said “In our efforts to grow our global market share, we have been pursuing business from our counterparts in Africa including Standard Bank Group. Our efforts have resulted in us winning mandates to run their previous syndications for Kenya and Uganda respectively. This transaction serves as another testament of our growing relationship with Standard Bank Group”.

Patrick Mweheire, Chief Executive of Stanbic Bank Uganda said “We are pleased that Stanbic Bank Uganda, the leading bank in Uganda, continues to demonstrate market leadership by completing another successful transaction in the international loan market, in an extended two year tenor at such tight pricing. The over-subscription of our syndicated loan transaction further validates the confidence that the international financing community has in our consistent growth story”.


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