Saudi retailer Alhokair signs $267 mln Islamic loan

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Saudi Arabian retailer Fawaz Abdulaziz Alhokair Co has signed a 1 billion riyal ($266.6 million) Islamic loan maturing in March 2021, it said on Thursday, to help repay loans and fund expansion.

The loan is repayable by semi-annual instalments starting 18 months from June 4, the date of agreement, a bourse statement said.

Samba Financial Group's investment banking arm arranged the loan, while Gulf International Bank, National Commercial Bank, Arab Bank, Saudi Hollandi Bank and National Bank of Kuwait are participating lenders, the statement added.

Alhokair, the Saudi Arabian retailer which franchises brands such as Zara and Marks and Spencer in the kingdom, said last week it plans to issue a debut riyal-denominated sukuk.

The firm operates across 20 markets, predominantly in the Middle East and Commonwealth of Independent States, and has been expanding both on its own and through acquisitions - including the purchase of Spanish clothing brand Blanco earlier this year.

$1 = 3.7505 Saudi Riyals

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