Hong Kong, August 31, 2020 — Moody’s Buyers Service has revised to constructive from secure the score outlook of Powerlong Actual Property Holdings Restricted.
On the identical time, Moody’s has affirmed Powerlong’s B1 company household score and its B2 senior unsecured debt rankings.
“The change in outlook to constructive displays our expectation that Powerlong’s credit score metrics will enhance over the following 12-18 months, pushed by sturdy income recognition in addition to good revenue margins,” says Cedric Lai, a Moody’s Vice President and Senior Analyst.
“We additionally count on Powerlong’s rising funding property portfolio will strengthen its recurring rental earnings, in flip supporting its money movement stability and profitability”, provides Lai.
Powerlong’s complete contracted gross sales grew 11.Three% to RMB39.zero billion within the first seven months of 2020 in contrast with final yr regardless of disruptions from the coronavirus outbreak, after sturdy 47% year-on-year progress to RMB60.four billion for the total yr 2019. Moody’s expects its contracted gross sales will enhance in 2020 to round RMB70 billion when put next with 2019, supported by good gross sales execution talents and its give attention to the economically sturdy Yangtze River Delta area with sturdy housing demand.
Such contracted gross sales progress will assist fund the corporate’s enterprise enlargement and can assist income progress and liquidity over the following 12-18 months.
Moody’s additional estimates that the corporate’s gross revenue margin will stay round 34% over the approaching 12-18 months due to its low-cost land financial institution. Its low land prices present the corporate with pricing flexibility.
Consequently, Moody’s expects Powerlong’s debt leverage — as measured by income/adjusted debt – will enhance to 55%-65% over the following 12-18 months from round 50% for the 12 months ended June 2019. Equally, Moody’s expects adjusted EBIT/curiosity will stay sturdy at Three.0x-Three.4x from about 2.9x over the identical interval.
Moody’s expects that Powerlong’s rental earnings will develop 25% yearly to round RMB2.1 billion over the following 12-18 months from RMB1.9 billion in 2019, underpinned by the scheduled opening of its new retail malls. The corporate plans to open ten retail malls within the second half of 2020, and an additional 13 malls in 2021. This can assist its rental earnings progress and strengthen its functionality to service curiosity funds.
Powerlong’s B1 company household score (CFR) displays its (1) observe document of growing and promoting business and residential properties; (2) rising recurring income, which improves the soundness of its debt servicing; and (Three) enlargement into cities with sturdy financial fundamentals the place demand for its properties is extra favorable. Nonetheless, the corporate’s credit score profile is constrained by the execution danger associated to its enterprise enlargement, the excessive capital wants related to its enterprise technique and its average debt leverage.
The B2 senior unsecured debt score is one notch decrease than the company household score on account of structural subordination danger. This danger displays the truth that the vast majority of claims are on the working subsidiaries and have precedence over Powerlong’s senior unsecured claims in a chapter situation. As well as, the holding firm lacks important mitigating components for structural subordination. In consequence, the possible restoration charge for claims on the holding firm might be decrease.
Powerlong’s liquidity is sweet. Its money holdings of RMB26.four billion as of 30 June 2020 might absolutely cowl its short-term debt of RMB22.9 billion. Moody’s expects the corporate’s money holdings, along with anticipated working money influx, will be capable to cowl its dedicated land purchases, dividend funds, in addition to capital spending and payables for its earlier acquisitions, over the following 12-18 months.
By way of environmental, social and governance (ESG) components, Moody’s has thought of the corporate’s concentrated possession in its controlling shareholder, Hoi Kin Hong and Hoi Wa Fong, who held a 59% stake within the firm as of 30 June 2020.
Moody’s has additionally thought of (1) the truth that unbiased administrators chair the audit and remuneration committees; (2) the low stage of related-party transactions and dividend payouts; and (Three) the presence of different inside governance buildings and requirements as required by the Hong Kong Change.
Moody’s regards the impression of the deteriorating international financial outlook amid the fast and widening unfold of the coronavirus outbreak as a social danger underneath its ESG framework, due to the substantial implications for public well being and security.
FACTORS THAT COULD LEAD TO AN UPGRADE OR DOWNGRADE OF THE RATINGS
Moody’s might improve the rankings if Powerlong continues to develop in scale whereas sustaining its sufficient liquidity and sound credit score metrics, and improves its debt leverage to a stage that matches its enterprise mannequin of holding funding properties. Credit score metrics that would set off a rankings improve embody: (1) adjusted EBIT/curiosity rising above Three.0x; and (2) income/adjusted debt in extra of 60%-65%.
A score downgrade is unlikely, given the constructive outlook. Nonetheless, Moody’s might revise Powerlong’s outlook to secure if the corporate’s gross sales weaken or if it pursues a extra aggressive enlargement technique that weakens its credit score metrics. Credit score metrics that would set off a rankings downgrade embody: (1) adjusted EBIT/curiosity falling beneath 2.5x; (2) income/adjusted debt failing to pattern towards 55%..
The principal methodology utilized in these rankings was Homebuilding And Property Growth Trade revealed in January 2018 and out there at https://www.moodys.com/researchdocumentcontentpage.aspx?docid=PBC_1108031. Alternatively, please see the Score Methodologies web page on www.moodys.com for a replica of this technique.
Powerlong Actual Property Holdings Restricted is a Chinese language property developer targeted on constructing large-scale built-in residential and business properties in China. The corporate listed on the Hong Kong Change in October 2009. The founding Hoi household held a 59% stake within the firm at 30 June 2020.
At 30 June 2020, Powerlong’s land financial institution for growth totaled round 28.6 million sq. meters in gross ground space underneath growth and for future growth.
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