* Dana to offer $70 mln in cash to bondholders
* Remaining $850 mln to be split into two tranches
* Average profit rate on the two sukuk set at 8 pct
DUBAI, Dec 10 Dana Gas, the first UAE
group to default on an Islamic bond, is offering bondholders $70
million in cash and an average 8 percent coupon on the remaining
$850 million of debt in a move to buy time to fix its finances.
The Abu Dhabi-listed natural gas producer, hit by payment
delays on supplies to Egypt and Iraq's Kurdistan region, missed
a bond redemption when the $920 million sukuk matured on Oct.
It reached a restructuring deal on Nov. 7, potentially
averting the seizure of its Egyptian assets.
The sukuk is said to be held by large global firms such as
Ashmore Group and BlackRock.
Dana, in which Crescent Petroleum has a 20 percent stake,
said a lock-up and standstill agreement has been signed with
creditors as part of the deal. It expects the debt restructuring
to be completed by the second quarter of 2013.
"We believe that the terms being announced today represent a
comprehensive, long-term solution which balances the interests
of all stakeholders," Chairman Adel Khalid Al-Sabeeh said in a
Bondholders will be paid $70 million in cash.
In addition Dana will cancel $80 million of the sukuk which
it repurchased in 2008 from the original $1 billion issue in
The remaining $850 million portion of the bond will be split
equally between a normal sukuk and a convertible Islamic bond.
The average combined profit rate on the two debt
instruments, both with a maturity of five years, is 8 percent,
Dana said. The conversion price on the $425 million tranche has
been kept between 75 fills to 1 dirhams a share, Dana said.
Dana's restructuring agreement with its ad-hoc committee of
creditors gives it time to sort out its finances.
Dana, based in the emirate of Sharjah, had 516 million
dirhams ($140 million) cash at Sept. 30, its third-quarter
earnings statement showed.