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VIS places Ratings of PGP Consortium Limited on ‘Rating Watch Developing’ Status
 

Karachi, September 17, 2019: VIS Credit Rating Company Limited (VIS) has placed the entity ratings of ‘A-/A-2’ (Single A Minus/A-Two) assigned to PGP Consortium Limited (PGPC) and ‘BBB’ (Triple B) assigned to its preference shares under ‘Rating Watch-Developing’ status. The medium to long-term rating of ‘A-’ denotes good credit quality with adequate protection factors. Moreover, the risk factors may vary with possible changes in economy. The short-term rating of ‘A-2’ denotes good certainty of timely payment coupled with sound company fundamental and liquidity factors. The long term rating of ‘BBB’ signifies adequate credit quality; protection factors are reasonable and sufficient. Risk factors are considered variable if changes occur in the economy. The previous rating action was announced on April 16, 2018.

The ratings assigned to PGPC take into account the ownership profile of the Company. PGPC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Pakistan GasPort Limited (PGPL), whose associate company Jamshoro Joint Venture Limited (JJVL) has experience of establishing and operating energy sector projects. The Project achieved Commercial Start Date upon successful completion of Acceptance Tests with effect from January 04, 2018 as per PLTL Acceptance Certificate. PLTL has guaranteed to purchase from PGPC 600 mmcfd of its regasification capacity on a take-or-pay basis backed by the provision of a revolving Standby Letter of Credit. Since the start of commercial operations, the project has performed satisfactorily and is meeting the guaranteed availability requirements.

The ratings incorporate sustained margins, maintained profitability and adequate leverage indicators; however, change in the assigned outlook takes into account the on-going legal issues with the principal sponsor of the project.

For further information on this rating announcement, please contact the undersigned at 021-35311861-70 or Ms. Maham Qasim at 042-35723411-13.



Jamal Abbas Zaidi
Advisor

Applicable rating criterion: Corporates (May 2019)
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Notching The Issue (June 2016)
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