To best cover the requirements of large infrastructure, industrial and commercial projects, Banque Saudi Fransi started offering its services relating to financial advisory, project and structured finance, as well as syndicated loans in the early 1980s.
The bank has been involved in structuring and arranging successfully a huge number of deals especially in the infrastructure, construction and the industrial sectors.
Since Banque Saudi Fransi started this service, it has been involved in more than 250 deals and has been one of the leading advisors, arrangers and/or underwriters for project finance loans keeping its preeminent position as one of the leading corporate banks in the Kingdom.
Banque Saudi Fransi has also been active in financing large infrastructure and industrial projects within the region and has arranged and participated in most of the project financing transactions for semi government institutions. In addition, it has played a significant role as a financial advisor and as an arranger for one of the largest refining and petrochemical project in the Kingdom in recent years.
As a full-service local commercial bank, Banque Saudi Fransi is able to provide both short-term and long-term financing in Saudi Riyals, as well as in some other major currencies.
As a financial advisor, Banque Saudi Fransi can assess and determine the financial viability of projects and assist in legal, accounting and regulatory issues. Developing optimal financing structures, the most efficient finance plan, identifying potential lenders, and managing the negotiation processes to maximize the fund raising exercise, are the areas of expertise.
Project and structured financing is a major avenue for the provision of medium and long-term finance for new capital developments. Saudi commercial banks have played a key role in the development of industries, especially in the infrastructure and petrochemical sector, through the provision of non or limited recourse financing. Banque Saudi Fransi has been one of the leading supporters of such industrial ventures, and has provided project finance loans to both grass-root and expansion projects.
On the commercial sector side, provision of finance to contractors carrying-out multi-billion Saudi Riyal infrastructure and other contracts have been a major challenge. These needs have fulfilled and catered for through Banque Saudi Fransi's structured finance specialists. Structured finance often involves numerous parties, complex technical and contractual agreements, various kinds of facilities and multicurrency financing.
Real Estate Finance
A range of real estate financing services, such as acquisition financing, debt structuring & advisory, with particular emphasis on land developments, master-planned commercial and residential projects are provided by us. We cater to real estate development firms, private equity funds and corporates. Property types include hotel, industrial, manufactured all typed residential housing, office and retail.
Providing financial solutions suitable to all real estate sectors that are built on long-term relationships and significant client commitments are our forte. We have deep understanding of complex multi-use projects and can provide financial advisory coupled with the financial strength of one of the largest financial institutions in the Kingdom. We are able to provide dedicated teams, selected according to the requirements of the individual transaction.
The borrowing requirements of major undertakings, such as petrochemical and power projects, and major infrastructure contracts, mega real estate project are often too large to be met by one financial institution. Syndicated lending resolves this challenge by arranging a group of lenders that can collectively negotiate, structure, arrange, and provide the required financing.
Banque Saudi Fransi enjoys an excellent track record in this field, having played an arranger or co-arranger role in virtually every major syndicated deal in Saudi Arabia over the past decades. In fact, the Bank is one of the selected few local banks, that participate in regional and international transactions. In addition, to being fully abreast of debt market trends in Saudi Arabia, Banque Saudi Fransi, through participation in non-Saudi deals, retains a keen insight into international market trends.
Banque Saudi Fransi often plays the role of the comprehensive solution provider that advises on debt structuring, employs its network to bring other lenders into the transaction, and manages the ongoing relationship on behalf of the syndicate.