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UpstreamOnline: Gazprom eyes $2bn loan

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Russia’s gas monopoly Gazprom has mandated two banks, including ABN AMRO, to arrange a $2 billion dual-tranche syndicated loan, which will be used for general corporate purposes including acquisitions, a banking source said today.

The transaction includes a three-year and a five-year tranche. Syndication is expected to launch within the next week.

The new deal is the company’s first since it was upgraded to A3 by Moody’s in December, and as such is expected to set a new pricing benchmark.

Gazprom had already picked Credit Suisse and Morgan Stanley to lead a $2 billion Eurobond to be placed at the end of February and earlier today the company said it will start placement of a seven-year, 5 billion rouble ($189.8 million) bond on 21 February.

Gazprom needs to raise money to pay $7.45 billion to Shell and its Japanese partners for half of the Sakhalin 2 development, which it agreed to buy last year.

The company also wants to bid for some assets of the bankrupt oil producer Yukos when the state starts selling them later this year to recover back tax debt, Reuters reported.

 

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