Adanis sew up funds for airport projects
The Adani group on Monday said it has raised $250 million from a consortium of Standard Chartered Bank and Barclays Bank to be repaid in three years.
The funds will be invested to build capital assets at the six airports it manages under a public private partnership. The group has an option to raise another $200 million under the existing facility, it said in a statement.
Adani Airport Holdings Ltd (AAHL), a wholly owned subsidiary of Adani Enterprises Ltd, runs seven airports — Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Guwahati, Jaipur, Lucknow, Mangalore and Thiruvananthapuram.
“We are focussed on delivering high quality infrastructure access to our consumers both through physical and digital channels,” a Adani Airports Holding Limited (AAHL) spokesperson said.
Last week, Mumbai International Airport Limited raised $750 million for refinancing and capex.
The group said that the first phase of its management plan has been put in motion with funds tied up for operational and under-construction airports.
While the Adani group took over Mumbai airport from GVK last year, it won the bid to operate six airports from the Airport Authority of India (AAI) on a 50-year lease. The group is also developing the Navi Mumbai airport.
The Adanis made a private placement of $750 million with Apollo Global for the Mumbai airport. It has also tied up with the domestic banks for a $1.74 billion loan for the Navi Mumbai airport.
“With this, AAHL has tapped three different pools of capital accumulating to $2.74 billion,” an official statement said.
Adani Airports said it would now access the capital markets and long-term capital for infrastructure development. The airport network of the Adanis comprises eight airports that handles 23 per cent of traffic and 30 per cent of cargo.