Aramco granted revolving loans of $ 8 billion this year (bond prospectus)


FILE PHOTO: An Aramco employee walks near an oil tank at Saudi Aramco’s Ras Tanura refinery and oil terminal in Saudi Arabia, May 21, 2018. REUTERS / Ahmed Jadallah

DUBAI (Reuters) – Saudi Aramco this year extended the maturity of two revolving credit facilities it contracted in 2015, meaning that those loans worth a total of $ 8 billion will be available until March 2022, according to a bond prospectus.

Aramco on Monday announced plans to issue multi-tranche US dollar-denominated bonds as the world’s largest oil company seeks to raise funds amid weak global demand for oil and falling oil prices.

The prospectus showed that in June of this year, the oil giant amended certain agreements relating to one of two revolving loans, a conventional $ 6 billion credit facility, to incorporate a 2 billion “swingline” sub-facility. billion dollars to support the establishment of a US commercial paper program. . No debt had been issued under the program as of September 30, according to the prospectus.

Swingline loans are intended to support the short-term cash management needs of a borrower.

Aramco had an unused balance of $ 10 billion under its revolving credit facilities at the end of 2019, according to the document.

As of September 30, Aramco had a total of $ 135.55 billion in borrowings, up from $ 46.82 billion at the end of 2019, according to the prospectus, a jump largely explained by its acquisition of a 70% stake in Saudi Basic Industries Corp (SABIC).

The prospectus also confirmed that Aramco took out a $ 10 billion loan in May, previously reported by Reuters. The loan matures on May 6, 2021, but Aramco has the option of extending it for one year. As of September 30, the loan had been fully utilized.

Reporting by Yousef Saba and Davide Barbuscia, editing by Ed Osmond

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