May 9, 2018 / 11:10 AM / in 5 months

Turkish owner of Godiva chocolate signs $5.5 billion debt refinance deal, CFO says

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Yildiz Holding, the Turkish food giant that owns Godiva chocolate, has signed a deal with its banks to refinance $5.5 billion in debt, its chief financial officer said on Wednesday.

Mustafa Tercan told broadcaster Bloomberg HT that Yildiz had agreed to an eight-year loan and offered some of its assets as collateral. He declined to say which assets.

Sources said last month that Yildiz was in talks to restructure $6.5 billion of its $8.5 billion in debt.

Investors have been increasingly concerned about Turkish firms' ability to service foreign currency-denominated debt. Chronic weakness in the lira TRYTOM=D3 - the currency has lost some 13 percent against the dollar this year - has driven up the cost of debt repayment.

Yildiz also owns McVitie’s biscuits and Istanbul-listed biscuit maker Ulker (ULKER.IS).

Reporting by Ceyda Caglayan; Writing by Ezgi Erkoyun; Editing by David Dolan

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