October 2, 2017 / 2:37 PM / 2 years ago

Saudi Telecom asks banks to postpone deadline on Turk Telekom debt -sources

ANKARA, Oct 2 (Reuters) - Saudi Telecom Company has asked banks to extend a payment deadline in debt talks related to Turk Telekom, sources said, after the Turkish firm’s parent missed its third straight repayment on a $4.75 billion loan.

Saudi Telecom’s (STC) request on behalf of struggling Oger Telecom is now under consideration by Oger’s creditors and the Turkish Treasury, the three sources said, declining to be identified because the information is not yet public.

It comes as Oger Telecom, in which STC owns a 35 percent stake, missed a September 2017 payment of $290 million on the loan, one of the three sources said. Oger missed similar payments in September 2016 and March 2017.

Reuters could not immediately verify whether STC requested more time for Oger to repay all of its late instalments or just part of the amount.

No one was available to comment at Oger’s offices in Turkey. STC declined to comment. Officials at Turkey’s Prime Ministry, Transport Ministry and Treasury were not available for comment.

Reuters reported in August that STC was in the lead to buy Oger’s 55 percent holding in Turk Telekom. (Reporting by Orhan Coskun and Ebru Tuncay; Additional reporting by Ezgi Erkoyun in Istanbul and Reem Shamseddine in Khobar, Saudi Arabia; Writing by David Dolan; Editing by Dominic Evans)

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