Marina Bay Sands said to seek up to $10 billion loan for expansion

SINGAPORE – Marina Bay Sands plans to tap banks for a loan of as much as $10 billion as the luxury casino operator seeks to expand its hotel and entertainment business.

The Las Vegas Sands-owned resort may start marketing the deal as early as next quarter, according to people with knowledge of the matter, who asked not to be identified as the matter is private. The plan will include the rollover of a delayed drawdown facility, refinancing of existing loans and new debt. Terms may change as deliberations are at a preliminary stage, they said.

If the deal size reaches the maximum, that would mark the biggest-ever syndicated loan in Singapore funded in the local dollar, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The jumbo financing plan would complement Marina Bay Sands’ rebound from the Covid-19 pandemic as Singapore faces an influx of tourists, including those from mainland China.

Marina Bay Sands didn’t immediately respond to a Bloomberg query seeking comment.

Its parent said in an October filing that the cost for the Singapore casino operator’s expansion plan, which includes a hotel tower with luxury rooms and convention facilities, would “materially exceed” the initially estimated amount of $4.5 billion due to inflation, and higher material and labour costs.

Like its earlier loan in 2019, Singapore lenders – DBS, OCBC Bank and UOB – along with Maybank Securities may be the lead mandated arrangers and bookrunners in the new deal before it’s broadly syndicated to other lenders, the people said.

While a bulk of the new deal will be used to refinance its existing debt, Marina Bay Sands will look to borrow an additional amount of as much as $2 billion as part of the package, the people said.

A previous syndicated loan record in Singapore was a $9.3 billion facility signed in 2012, which backed the acquisition of food and beverage maker Fraser & Neave by Thai billionaire Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi’s TCC Assets. BLOOMBERG


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