JCR-VIS finalizes rating of ‘A-’ for the Privately Placed Term Finance Certificates by Sindh Nooriabad Power Company (Private) Limited

Karachi, October 14, 2016 (PPI-OT):JCR-VIS Credit Rating Company Limited (JCR-VIS) has finalized rating of ‘A-’ (Single A Minus) to the Privately Placed Term Finance Certificates (PPTFCs) of Sindh Nooriabad Power Company (Pvt.) Limited. The Preliminary rating of A+ (Single A Plus) was announced on December 22, 2014.

The project has experienced time and cost over-runs largely on account of external factors. The Commercial Operation Date (COD) which was scheduled for January’2016 has been delayed and the management now expects it to be by end-December’2016. The management is also arranging financing from various sources to meet cost over-runs. We have been given to understand that pending COD of the project, the security structure of the TFC is not commensurate with that contemplated. In view of the change in the rating drivers, the rating has been revised and a ‘Negative’ outlook has been assigned.

The ratings may face downward pressure in case COD is delayed further than already envisaged by management. The rating incorporates the support of Government of Sindh as one of the key stakeholder in the institution under the Public-Private Partnership scheme with Technomen Kinetics (Pvt.) Limited.

For more information, contact:
Ms. Sobia Maqbool
JCR-VIS Credit Rating Company Limited
VIS House, 128/C,
25th Lane off Khayaban-e-Ittehad,
Phase VII, DHA, Karachi
Tel: +92-21-35311861-72
Fax: +92-21-35311873
Email: sobia@jcrvis.com.pk