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Olam International Raises Debt, Temasek Backs

Olam International Ltd plans to raise additional capital through a bonds-with-warrants issue. Temasek Holdings owns about 16% of Olam and is the second largest shareholder in the company. Olam will offer US$ 750 million in bonds and up to US$ 500 million in warrants to existing shareholders. Temasek has the potential to raise its position up to 29% over a period of time if other shareholders do not buy in. Olam International Ltd proposed the debt capital raise.

Olam has been challenging Muddy Waters, a short-seller research firm, about a 133-page report detailing aggressive spending, accounting practices and debt levels that may put the firm on the verge of collapse. Olam sued Muddy Waters in a Singapore court and issued a rebuttal saying the firm was not at risk of insolvency and had plenty of liquidity.

“While no business is without risks, we remain comfortable with Olam’s credit position and longer term prospects, and are pleased to have another opportunity to invest in the company, alongside other shareholders,” said David Heng, Senior Managing Director, Investments of Temasek Holdings.

Olam International Ltd Issuance

  • Nominal $750 million – 6.75%, 5-Year Bonds, price at 95% (raising $712.5 million)
  • Attached Warrants – Allow bondholders to buy 387 million shares at $1.291 (raising $500 million if fully exercised)

CIC Sells 10% Logicor Stake to Blackstone Fund

The China Investment Corporation (CIC) is selling a 10% stake of in European warehouse firm Logicor Ltd to a real estate fund managed by The Blackstone Group. Furthermore, CIC also hired Blackstone to oversee and manage Logicor’s warehouses and logistic properties portfolio.[ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Fintech Affirm Raises $200 Million in Series E Led By Singapore’s GIC

Affirm Inc., a financial technology firm which provides instant loans to consumers as an alternative to credit cards for their online shopping, has raised US$ 200 million in a Series E round lead by Singapore’s GIC Private Limited, with participation from Khosla Ventures, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Spark Capital, Caffeinated Capital, and Ribbit Capital. The new infusion of capital brings the San Francisco-based company’s total funding to US$ 450 million and a reported valuation of US$ 2 billion.

The company is founded by Max Levchin, a co-founder of PayPal (part of the PayPal mafia, dubbed by the tech press). Max Levchin is also an advisory board member of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFSB) in the United States.

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CHANGE: Saudi Arabia to Re-Open Movie Theaters, PIF Inks MoU with AMC

The Saudi Arabian government is ending its 35-year ban on cinemas. Next year, the government will allow cinemas to open. This watershed moment provides opportunities for entertainment companies to invest in Saudi Arabia and the surrounding region.

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