Islamic finance awards 2012: Deal of the year
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Islamic finance awards 2012: Deal of the year

In June, after nearly two years of work, Indonesia-based telecom company PT Natrindo Telepon Seluler (Axis, now known as PT Axis Telekom Indonesia) completed a financing that is notable for the amount raised, its innovative nature and its complexity.

Axis, the Indonesian subsidiary of Saudi Telecom, raised $1.2 billion through a triple-tranche transaction. The financing involved China Development Bank, Sweden’s export credit agency and the World Bank.

The deal originated in 2009 when HSBC began discussions with Saudi Telecom about how to finance Axis’s growth. Axis has more than 11 million subscribers and doubled its revenues from 2009 to 2010.

The first tranche of the deal was a $450 million Saudi riyal and US dollar dual-currency murabaha facility. The Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency, a part of the World Bank dedicated to promoting foreign direct investment, gave the tranche a guarantee against Indonesian political risk. This was the first Islamic trade in Indonesia, and the first telecoms trade in Asia, to benefit from such a guarantee.

The second tranche was a $400 million facility for equipment purchases from Chinese telecommunications firm Huawei, underwritten by China Development Bank.

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