Sunday, December 06, 2009

Is Dubai Holding the next Dubai World?

by Bill McBride on 12/06/2009 01:22:00 AM

From The Times: Banks face fresh Dubai debt fears

FEARS are growing among western banks that Dubai Holding, the personal investment vehicle of the emirate’s ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, will be the next state-owned Dubai company to default.

The conglomerate went on a debt-fuelled spending spree in the past decade, borrowing $12 billion (£7.3 billion) to fund ambitious projects ...

Together, Dubai World and Dubai Holding are thought to account for 60% to 70% of Dubai’s total debt. Research from Bank of America Merrill Lynch indicates that Dubai Holding has $1.8 billion due for repayment next year.
Just more potential losses for the Royal Bank of Scotland and HSBC.