Press Release

VIS Credit Rating Company Assigns Initial Entity Ratings to Yunus Energy Limited
 

Karachi, April 11, 2019: VIS Credit Rating Company Limited (VIS) has assigned initial entity ratings of ‘A+/A-1’ (Single A /A-One) to Yunus Energy Limited (YEL). Long Term Rating of ‘A+’ reflects good credit quality, adequate protection factors. Risk factors may vary with possible changes in the economy. Short Term Rating of ‘A-1’ indicates high certainty of timely payment, excellent liquidity factors supported by good fundamental protection factors and risk factors are minor. Outlook on the assigned ratings is ‘Stable’.

YEL operates a 50 Megawatt (MW) wind power farm, located at Jhimpir-Hyderabad Corridor. The plant comprises 20 wind turbine generators, each with a nameplate capacity of 2.5 MW. The plant was constructed on EPC basis at a total cost of $110.2m with debt to equity ratio of 80:20. YEL commenced commercial operations in September’2016.

YEL’s assigned ratings favorably factor in the satisfactory operating track record since commercial operations, low business risk and adequate financial risk profile. The company is part of Yunus Brother Group (YBG), a reputable conglomerate with strong financial profile and presence in diversified sectors including power generation, building materials, real estate, textile, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, food and automotive sectors. Further, contractual commitment of the sponsor to fund any shortfall in the debt payment account provides comfort to the assigned ratings.

Business risk profile draws support from long-term Operations & Maintenance (O&M) contract in place with experienced O&M operator and track record of compliance with normative parameters stipulated in Energy Purchase Agreement (EPA) since commencement of operations. Presence of long term EPA with guaranteed capacity payments mitigates off-take risk while adequate insurance coverage is also in place. While power produced and in turn cash flows are susceptible to seasonality and possible variance in wind speed, comfort is drawn from surveys conducted by international consultants confirming adequate wind availability historically. Assessment of financial profile incorporates sound debt coverage metrics (present and projected) and healthy cash flows indicating satisfactory debt servicing ability; however, erratic payment cycle exhibited by power purchaser may translate into some liquidity pressures. Leverage indicators are on the higher side given the sizeable dividend payout and debt levels. Ratings remain dependent on maintaining satisfactory operating track record and achieving projected decline in leverage indicators over the rating horizon.

For further information on this rating announcement, please contact the undersigned (Ext. 201) at 021-35311861-70.




Jamal Abbas Zaidi
Advisor

Applicable Rating Criteria: Industrial Corporates (May 2016)
http://www.vis.com.pk/docs/Corporate-Methodology-201605.pdf

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