Russian Railways raises USD 420 million syndicated loan to refinance borrowing programme
At the end of March 2017, Russian Railways raised USD 420 million under an agreement for a 5-year unsecured syndicated loan.
Russian Railways has thus reentered the syndicated international lending market after a nine-year break.
As an active participant on the public borrowing market, with its share of the loan portfolio at the end of 2016 totalling 99%, the Company is taking active steps to improve its debt structure, including by diversifying its capital sources and financing instruments.
The banking community's interest in the Company as a first-class borrower is confirmed by the record low interest rate for similar transactions in recent years.
The loan's authorised lead organisers were ING Bank N.V., UniCredit S.p.A. and a number of European banks. The agent for the loan was the London branch of UniCredit Bank AG.
The funds raised under the syndicated loan will go towards the partial refinancing of the Company's debut issue of dollar-denominated Eurobonds, which were placed in 2010.