JSPL’s Subsidiary Shadeed Iron & Steel LLC (Jindal Shadeed) Signs USD 725 million (around INR 4440crore) Syndicated Term Loan Facility with Bank Muscat

New Delhi, Delhi, India

Shadeed Iron & Steel LLC (Jindal Shadeed), a wholly owned subsidiary of Jindal Steel & Power Ltd. (JSPL) and Bank Muscat today signed the successful financial closure of USD 725 million (around Rs. 4440 crore) syndicated term loan facility. The facility was oversubscribed with commitments in excess of USD 855 million received as against the required commitments of USD 725 million.

The commemorative ceremony was part of a high-level business delegation led by His Excellency Dr. Ali bin Masoud Al Sunaidy, Minister for of Commerce and Industry, Oman, along with representatives from various Public and Private Companies of Oman, which is currently in India as part of the B2B Oman-India Roadshow.

Shadeed Iron & Steel LLC (Jindal Shadeed) is the first Integrated Steel Plant in the Sohar Port Area, Sultanate of Oman. Jindal Shadeed.Originally founded in 2005 by Al Ghaith Holdings PJSC of Abu Dhabi, Jindal Shadeed was acquired by Jindal Steel & Power Limited, India (JSPL) through its 100% subsidiary Jindal Steel & Power (Mauritius) Limited (JSPML) in July 2010.

Speaking at the event Mr. Naveen Jindal, Chairman of Jindal Steel & Power Ltd., said, “We are committed to build a comprehensive steel manufacturing facility in the Sultanate of Oman. Huge infrastructure spending in the Middle East is driving a strong demand for steel and fuelling investment in steel projects. We see great synergy in this tie-up with Bank Muscat which will help us drive our expansion projects in Oman to build one of the largest steel plants in the Middle East region.”

Bank Muscat with a consortium of 11 banks has arranged the facility of USD 725 million for Shadeed Iron & Steel. The consortium comprised of leading banks from the Arabian region and India.  The consortium includes: Bank Muscat; Qatar National Bank S.A.Q; Qatar National Bank, Oman; National Bank of Oman; Al Khalij Commercial Bank; Bank Dhofar; Bank Sohar; Ahli United Bank Bahrain; Ahli Bank Oman; State Bank of India-Dubai; State Bank of India -Oman.

According to Mr. Ravi Uppal, Managing Director and Group CEO, JSPL, “We foresee a tremendous surge in demand for Iron and Steel in the gulf market.  This strategic tie-up is a step forward in our expansion plans for the Arabian Peninsula. Currently, we are producing billets and rounds at the Oman facility and we are on course to set up 1.6 MTPA Rebar Mill, which will be commissioned in the year 2015.”

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The entire facility was structured and arranged by Bank Muscat SAOG; Bank Muscat is also the Facility Agent, Account Bank and the Security Agent for the facility.

Mr. AbdulRazak Ali Issa, Chief Executive, Bank Muscat, whilst thanking the consortium Banks for the successful financial closure of the USD 725 million syndicated facility; said –“Oman has always facilitated a conducive environment for several overseas investors, including Indian investors, to set up projects in the country and this has played a pivotal role in helping Oman to achieve its Vision 2020 of diversifying from Oil as a major source of income to other allied activities such as metals, downstream oil and gas etc.”

Mr. AbdulRazak Ali Issa added: “Bank Muscat has supported various projects with participation from Indian companies. Going forward, we anticipate there would be many such projects being set up by Indian corporates in Oman and that the B2B Oman-India Roadshow will be an excellent opportunity to further explore mutually beneficial relationships.”

 

About Shadeed Iron & Steel

Jindal Shadeed commissioned its 1.5 MTPA Direct Reduced Iron (DRI) Furnace in December 2010, within a short period of its acquisition by JSPL. The company has successfully commissioned the 2 MTPA Integrated Steel Plant (ISP) in Sohar, Oman. The state-of-art facility is Oman’s first & largest Steel Melting Shop (SMS), and also the third largest unit in the Middle East & Gulf Region. The company has a sustainable competitive advantage owing to competitive gas and power pricing; logistic advantage by way of captive jetty, Vale pelletisation plant and backward integration into DRI manufacturing. Jindal Shadeed has invested over US$ 800 million in this integrated facility.

 

About Bank Muscat

With assets worth over USD 20 Billion, Bank Muscat is the leading financial services provider in Oman with a strong presence in Project Finance, Corporate Banking, Retail Banking, Investment Banking, Islamic Banking, Treasury, Private Banking and Asset Management. The Bank has the largest network of branches and a dominating market share amongst all the banks in the Sultanate of Oman.

About Jindal Steel & Power Limited (JSPL)

Jindal Steel and Power is a $3.8 billion industrial powerhouse with a dominant global presence in steel, power, mining, infrastructure construction sectors. Part of the over US$ 18 billion diversified O. P. Jindal Group, JSPL’s business operations spans across Asia, Africa and Australia. The company has committed investments exceeding US$ 30 billion in the future and has several business initiatives running simultaneously across continents. The organization is wedded to ideals like innovation and technological leadership and is backed by a highly driven and dedicated workforce of over 20,000 people.

Media Contact Details

Gaurav Wahi, Jindal Steel & Power Limited (JSPL), gaurav.wahi@jindalsteel.com

 

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