Aramco to provide first test of Saudi appetite after Khashoggi

Saudi Arabia is mired in international controversy but its national energy company, Saudi Aramco, is said to have been sounding out the syndicated loan market for a deal to finance a $5bn petrochemicals plant. With even larger deals on the horizon, lenders appear to be supportive of the borrower despite the highly charged political situation. Mariam Meskin reports.

  • By Mariam Meskin
  • 22 Nov 2018

Aramco and French oil major Total signed an agreement in October to build a $9bn petrochemical complex in Saudi Arabia, as part of the government’s Vision 2030 project, which aims to diversify the Kingdom’s economy beyond crude oil. The project will cost ...

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Global Syndicated Loan Volume

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 JPMorgan 33,003.76 59 14.27%
2 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 28,960.25 83 12.52%
3 Citi 10,922.85 35 4.72%
4 Mizuho 10,555.98 37 4.56%
5 Wells Fargo Securities 10,535.80 43 4.55%

Bookrunners of Middle East and Africa Loans

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 MUFG 766.21 2 8.47%
1 First Abu Dhabi Bank 766.21 2 8.47%
1 BNP Paribas 766.21 2 8.47%
1 Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank PJSC 766.21 2 8.47%
5 Standard Chartered Bank 409.06 1 4.52%

Bookrunners of European Leveraged Loans

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 BNP Paribas 541.47 4 14.79%
2 Credit Agricole CIB 484.94 3 13.25%
3 SG Corporate & Investment Banking 251.10 3 6.86%
4 Natixis 230.66 3 6.30%
5 HSBC 194.57 2 5.32%

Bookrunners of European Marketed Syndicated Loans

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 6,812.19 7 16.21%
2 Deutsche Bank 3,538.77 6 8.42%
3 Citi 2,570.45 7 6.12%
4 Commerzbank Group 2,532.05 5 6.02%
5 BNP Paribas 1,798.71 8 4.28%

Syndicated Loan Revenue - EMEA

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • 18 Apr 2016
1 HSBC 35.45 69 6.71%
2 BNP Paribas 31.67 78 5.99%
3 ING 31.21 74 5.90%
4 Citi 22.60 36 4.27%
5 Deutsche Bank 21.89 32 4.14%