Press Release

JCR-VIS assigns rating to proposed Islamic Commercial Paper of K-Electric Limited
 

Karachi, July 03, 2018: JCR-VIS Credit Rating Company Limited (JCR-VIS) has assigned preliminary short-term rating of A-1 (Single A One) to K-Electric Limited’s (KE) proposed Islamic Commercial Paper (ICP) of up to Rs. 7billion (Including a green shoe option of up to Rs. 2b). The ICP will have bullet repayment at maturity and will be issued in two separate tenors for 6 and 9 months. The proceeds of the issue will be utilized for KE’s working capital requirements.

JCR-VIS has assigned entity rating of ‘AA/A1’ (Double A/A One) to KE. Ratings have been placed on ‘Rating Watch-Developing’ status. The assigned ratings recognize the strategic importance of KE, a vertically integrated utility company, that has exclusive distribution rights in its service area i.e. Karachi and adjoining areas of interior Sind and Baluchistan. Business risk profile draws support from continuous improvement across various operational metrics including reduction in transmission & distribution losses from 22.2% in 2016 to 20.1% in the financial year 2018 (July’2017 to May’2018). Assessment of financial risk profile draws support from growing demand for electricity (units sent out has grown at a CAGR of approx. 3% over the last 3 reported years). Moreover, the Company has informed that it has timely serviced all its obligations with significant decline in outstanding borrowings to Rs. 46.3b (FY16: Rs. 55.4b; FY15: Rs. 70.2b) at end-Dec’2017.

For further information on this rating announcement, please contact Mr. Javed Callea (Ext: 201) or Mr. Talha Iqbal (Ext: 213) at 92-21-35311861-70 or fax to 92-21-35311873.



Atiq Anwar Mahmudi
Advisor

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


Rating The Issue (September 2014)
http://www.jcrvis.com.pk/Images/criteria_instrument.pdf

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