Dubai ruler's firm reaches deal on $2.5b. in loans

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
December 18, 2010 08:00

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — An investment firm owned by Dubai's ruler on Friday announced that it had reached a deal with leading creditors to extend the terms on $2.5 billion worth of debt.

Dubai International Capital said the deal will give it six more years to pay back $2 billion of the debt and four more years for another $500 million.The deal was reached "in principle" with lenders representing the bulk of the debt and must still be approved by smaller creditors.

DIC is also naming its 41-year-old chief investment officer David Smoot as CEO, replacing Anand Krishnan.

The firm is part of conglomerate Dubai Holding and owns stakes in several companies, including medical imaging firm Alliance Medical and British hotel chain Travelodge Group.


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