Press Release

VIS Reaffirms Ratings of National Power Parks Management Company (Pvt.) Limited

Karachi, December 31, 2020: VIS Credit Rating Company Limited (VIS) has reaffirmed the entity ratings of National Power Parks Management Company (Pvt.) Limited (NPPMCL) at “AA+/A-1+” (Double A-Plus/A-One Plus) on ‘Rating Watch-Developing’ status. The medium to long-term rating of ‘AA+’ denotes high credit quality coupled with strong protection factors. Moreover, risk factors may vary slightly with possible changes in the economy. The short-term rating of ‘A-1+’ denotes highest certainty of timely payments, liquidity factors are excellent and just below risk-free government of Pakistan’s short-term obligations. The previous rating action was announced on December 31, 2019.

The assigned ratings take into account strong ownership profile of NPPMCL being wholly owned and controlled by Government of Pakistan (GoP) through its representative Pakistan Development Fund Limited (PDFL). The ratings draw strength from the company’s strong business profile with demand risk mitigated under Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) signed with Central Power Purchase Agency (Guarantee) Limited (CPPA). The ratings also draw comfort from obligations of CPPA being guaranteed by the GOP under the Implementation Agreement (IA). Moreover, upholding operational performance in line with agreed performance levels would remain a key-rating driver. Assessment of financial risk profile incorporates sizable revenue generation, improvement in margins and enhanced profitability. Liquidity indicators of the company remained intact, conforming to healthy funds from operations generation and sound debt servicing capacity. In addition, owing to enhanced internal capital generation, the leverage indicators have also exhibited an improving trend. The ratings remain sensitive to completion of privatization process of the project; the same has currently been delayed owing to onslaught of COVID-19 pandemic.

For further information on this rating announcement, please contact Ms. Maham Qasim (042-35723411-13, Ext. 8010) and/or the undersigned at 021-35311861-66 (Ext. 201) or email at .

Faryal Ahmad Faheem
Deputy CEO

VIS Entity Rating Criteria: Corporates (May 2019)

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