Optus Finance gets $800M in Singtel's multibillion-dollar financing effort

Optus Finance gets $800M in Singtel's multibillion-dollar financing effort

As part of a US$3B financing effort

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Singapore Telecommunications' (Singtel) subsidiaries have secured close to US$3 billion in bank credit facilities, the company has revealed.

The deals include S$3.45 billion (US$2.4 billion) of facilities for Singtel Group Treasury and A$800 million (US$510 million) for its Australian subsidiary Optus Finance. The funds will be used for refinancing and general purposes, Singtel said.

Credit ratings agencies Fitch and S&P Global this year downgraded Singtel, citing weak growth prospects and the potential need for higher capital expenditure.

HOOQ Digital, a video streaming service majority owned by Singtel, last month said it was filing for liquidation while Singtel has said there was no certainty over a mooted A$2 billion sale of Australian telecom towers.

(Reporting by John Geddie; Editing by David Goodman)

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