Saudi PIF developer Roshn Real Estate lines up $2.7 billion for building spree

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Roshn Real Estate Co., one of Saudi Arabia’s largest master developers, has lined up about 10 billion riyals ($2.67 billion) in funds as it gears up to work on a slew of projects across the Kingdom.

The firm, owned by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund PIF, raised the financing after securing a 6 billion riyal revolving credit facility from three local banks earlier this year.

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“We’ve got about 10 billion lined up in balance sheet credit although we haven’t drawn the first six yet because we actually have enough money within our business at the moment from our receipts,” Roshn Group Chief Executive Officer David Grover said in a recent interview. “But we will be drawing it down in the next three to nine months because we have some other investments that we need to make in terms of putting cash in to start projects.”

Roshn is building around 400,000 homes across the Kingdom along with about 1,000 schools and entire commercial and entertainment districts.

The developments are part of a plan by the country’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, to upgrade infrastructure in the world’s biggest oil exporter to help diversify the economy away from its reliance on hydrocarbon wealth.

The developer’s financial planning is very much structured to “make sure that we don’t have to slow down our journey at all if for any reason the funder wants to stop putting any cash into our business for two years,” Grover said.

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