As Abu Dhabi's Government Takes Over Yas Island Assets, Aldar Announces New Restructuring Plan

As Abu Dhabi's Government Takes Over Yas Island Assets, Aldar Announces New Restructuring Plan

Commercial News » Commercial Real Estate Edition | By Alma Kadragic | January 13, 2011 11:40 AM ET

(ABU DHABI, UAE) -- The Abu Dhabi Government has stepped in to alleviate the financial problems of Aldar, the emirate's leading developer associated with Yas Island, Al Raha Beach, and Al Bandar. Aldar Properties PJSC today unveiled a series of steps designed to solidify the company's position for long-term, sustainable growth. The measures are focused on addressing current market conditions and on boosting the company's capital structure. These include the:

  • Recognition of an approximately $2.86 billion impairment charge relating to the value of assets;
  • Reimbursement and sales totalling $2.97 billion for the transfer of certain infrastructure assets on Yas Island including the recently opened Ferrari World Abu Dhabi theme park, roads, bridges, marine infrastructure, and land. This deal is consistent with an element of Aldar's business model under which the company has supported the long-term objectives of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi by building and developing  strategic assets and transferring them to the Government upon completion;
  • Placement of a convertible bond worth $760 million with Mubadala Development Company. The issuance of the bond is subject to shareholder approval at an upcoming Extraordinary General Meeting; and,
  • Sale of residential units and land for $1.49 billion to the Government of Abu Dhabi.

"The financial framework approved by the Board today, including the convertible bond issue, will strengthen our capital structure and provide us with a stable and sustainable platform from which we can continue to capture commercial opportunities to deliver value to shareholders." said Ahmed Al Sayegh, Chairman of Aldar. "The impairment recognition reflects the adverse conditions that have affected the real estate market, but is an important step in allowing Aldar to achieve long-term sustainable growth."

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