Orascom to repay EGP 900m to banks this year

Shaimaa Al-Aees
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Khaled Bichara, CEO of Orascom Development Holding (ODH), said the total bank facilities obtained by the company amounted to EGP 4bn, collected from 14 banks.

Bichara exclusively told Daily News Egypt that the company repaid EGP 800m of this sum during the last year, and plans to repay about EGP 600-900m in the current year.

Furthermore, Bichara revealed that the total collections of cheque values on customers that have not yet been encashed is at EGP 5.3bn, which means that the company has liquidity during a long period of project implementations.

Moreover, ODH has reduced the cost of financing from 10.5% to 9.2% after the end of the debt scheduling agreement with banks, with the company relying on dollar borrowing for the largest in line with its revenues, stated the CEO.

The company turned its losses to profits recording a net profit of EGP 27.487m during the first quarter (Q1) of 2019, compared to a net loss of EGP 45.955m in Q1 of 2018, he elaborated.

Net debt was slightly reduced and reached EGP 4.152bn in Q1 of 2019, compared to EGP 4.201bn in Q1 of 2018.

Bichara pointed out that the company plans to achieve revenues of EGP 4bn in sales during the current year.

ODH does not do securitisation and avoids such activity due to its high cost, however, the company is working to balance liquidity and investments, he highlighted.

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