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Malabar Gold & Diamonds raises AED 300,000,000 through syndication led by NBF Capital LTD

Jewellery retailer to utilize the facility to finance its expansion plans across GCC and Singapore

Malabar Gold & Diamonds, one of the top 5 jewellery retailer in the world, recently concluded a loan syndication transaction to raise AED 300,000,000. The facility will be utilized to finance the expansion plans of the group (14 new retail stores to be opened across GCC and Singapore) as well as consolidate their existing banking relationships into a common facility structure. NBF Capital Ltd. acted as the financial advisor and book-runner for the transaction which was closed successfully. NBF Capital Limited is a fully owned subsidiary of National Bank of Fujairah and is regulated by the Dubai Financial Services Authority.

Not only is this a maiden syndication for Malabar Gold & Diamonds, it also involves a common structure with multiple borrowing entities based in Singapore, Qatar, Oman and UAE to ensure the maximum operational & cost efficiency.

The syndication has a total of 5 banks participating with National Bank of Fujairah and Mashreq Bank as the Mandated Lead Arrangers, Axis Bank as the Lead Arranger, Commercial Bank of Dubai and Habib Bank Ltd. as the Arrangers. National Bank of Fujairah is the facility and security agent for the transaction. Tamimi and Co. acted as the lenders legal counsel and Afridi & Angell acted as the borrowers counsel on the transaction.

"NBF Capital is extremely pleased to have been at the forefront in advising Malabar Gold & Diamonds debut syndication facility and to have successfully closed this syndication. The strength of the borrower and facility structure has been evident in the strong interest demonstrated by banks. On behalf of all banks in the syndicate we would like to extend our congratulations to Malabar for successfully closing the facility and we would like to thank the banks for their support and for demonstrating a high degree of confidence in the management and growth plans of the company" said Mr P B Das, Senior Executive Officer, NBF Capital.

"We are grateful to the support extended by our banking partners in the syndicate which will enable us to continue with realizing our growth objectives. We greatly value the advice and transaction structuring assistance provided by team at NBF Capital. We have now concluded a transaction which meets all our objectives across jurisdictions "said Mr Shamlal Ahamed, MD - International Operations, Malabar Gold & Diamonds.

Malabar Group recorded a 47 per cent increase in its annual sales turnover to Dh12.9 billion ($3.5 billion) in 2013-14 financial year ending in March 2014, up from Dh8.8 billion ($2.4 billion) the previous year.

The year marked a number of achievements for the group as it has increased the number of retail outlets by 32 to reach 117 outlets globally. The employee base of the company also exceeded 7,500. The company has also opened branches in one more country, growing the total number of territories to 8.

Malabar Gold & Diamonds

Malabar Gold & Diamonds is the flagship company of Malabar Group, a leading diversified Indian business conglomerate.

Established in 1993 in South Indian state of Kerala, Malabar Gold & Diamonds today has a strong retail network of 117 outlets spread across eight countries, 10 wholesale units in addition to offices, design centers and factories spread across India, GCC and Singapore. With an annual turnover of $3.5 billion, the company currently ranks among the world's top five jewellery retailers in terms of annual turnover.

With 7 cluster manufacturing units in India and GCC - the company currently has 6 jewellery brands to cater to the discerning needs of customers. With headquarters in Kerala, India and branches across India, GCC & Singapore, Malabar Group is best known for its activities in the field of gold, diamond and precious metals.

The company, which has a strong corporate social responsibility scheme embedded in its system, is committed to make a difference in human lives by spending over Rs300 million in charitable activities in the year 2015, part of the Rs850 million earmarked for charitable activities between 2012 - 2015.

NBF Capital

Established in May 2013, NBF Capital Limited is a bespoke financial solutions provider specialising in consultancy and advisory services ranging from loan syndication, mergers and acquisitions, business formation to corporate restructuring. A fully-owned subsidiary of National Bank of Fujairah (NBF), NBF Capital is well-positioned to leverage its parent's extensive client relationships, business track record and local insight to help companies make the best of opportunities in the UAE and beyond.

NBF Capital operates out of the Dubai International Financial Centre. It is regulated by the Dubai Financial Services Authority. For further information, please contact NBF's corporate communications department at CorpComm@nbf.ae