Dubai World Submits Restructuring Proposal to Creditors

Published March 25th, 2010 - 10:39 GMT
Dubai World (“the Company”) today announces that it has
presented a restructuring proposal to the Coordinating Committee representing the
Company’s financial creditors on the restructuring of $23.51 billion of total financial
liabilities held by Dubai World, the holding company, as at 31 December 2009.
The proposed restructuring requires the agreement of Dubai World’s creditors which
the company will work to secure in the coming weeks.
Commenting, Aidan Birkett, Chief Restructuring Officer of Dubai World, said:
“This proposal represents the best possible solution for all stakeholders. It follows
extensive discussions with our creditors, a thorough review of Dubai World’s
businesses and significant financial support from the Government. It offers the
Company a strong future and the opportunity to maximise the value of its assets over
the medium to long term.”
Key terms of the proposal
The total amount of outstanding debt held by Dubai World’s creditors, excluding the
existing Dubai Financial Support Fund’s (“DFSF”) claims, is $14.2 billion as at 31
December 2009.
- The Government of Dubai acting through the DFSF is proposing to convert $8.9
billion of debt and claims, representing 38% of the total amount of standalone
debt and guarantees of Dubai World, into equity, subordinating its claims to other
creditors;
- In addition the DFSF will commit to fund up to $1.5 billion of cash into Dubai
World to fund the Company’s working capital and interest payment commitments
that will arise from the new debt facilities;
- Non-DFSF creditors will receive 100% principal repayment through the issuance
of two tranches of new debt with five and eight year maturities.
Dubai World has a number of strong companies within its portfolio and it will
continue to focus on improving the performance of these assets to generate value for
stakeholders.
1 Includes $4.1billion DFSF funding used to repay Nakheel sukuk due Dec 14, 2009 which was
guaranteed by Dubai World
The Tribunal framework, established by the Government of Dubai in December 2009,
remains available to protect Dubai World and its companies, their creditors and other
stakeholders.
A restructuring plan regarding Nakheel, the other entity affected by the restructuring
programme initiated by the Government of Dubai on 25 November 2009, has also
been presented to Nakheel’s creditors and is covered in a separate statement today.
After careful review, Limitless has also been excluded as it does not require
Government support. All other Dubai World entities continue to be excluded from the
restructuring process.

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