$90 million Shariah compliant financing facility for PIA

DUBAI (INP) - Pakistan International Airlines Corporation (PIA) has executed facility documentation for a $90m Shariah compliant financing facility. The facility was arranged by Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank, Al Hilal Bank, Citibank N.A., and United Bank Limited as Mandated Lead Arrangers and Joint Bookrunners. Clifford Chance and Haidermota and Co. acted as legal counsel to the arrangers. PIA was represented by Mandviwalla and Zafar. The transaction is expected to be upsized to $100m with Warba Bank in Kuwait joining the facility as a Lead Arranger. The three-year facility will be used for PIAs general corporate purposes and reflects investor confidence in the airline and its strategic importance to Pakistan. The facility represents the first syndicated commercial foreign currency financing for a Pakistani obligor since 2007. PIAs Deputy Managing Director, M Salim Sayani, Chief Financial Officer Nayyar Hayat, and Deputy General Manager, Shahid Munir were in Dubai for the signing ceremony. This facility re-introduces the airline in the international financial markets and further develops our banking relationships in the region, said Sayani. This funding will allow the airline to implement its five year business plan, which includes financial restructuring and a fleet renewal program through which the airline will add five wide body and thirty nine narrow body modern aircraft, added Sayani. PIA flies to over 38 international destinations across three continents. The airline also covers 24 local destinations within Pakistan.

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