Lahore, August 09, 2019 (PPI-OT): The ratings reflect sizable improvement in profile of Engro Elengy Terminal (Private) Limited (EETPL), as captured by growing profitability and reduced leveraging. The revenues and cash flows are guaranteed by Sui-Southern Gas Company (SSGC), subject to adherence to agreed parameters. SSGC, the sole intermediary, has demonstrated timely payments against committed purchases despite challenges. The business profile of EETPL is strong, emanating from GOP’s commitment to manage energy needs of the country by way of imported LNG. Thus, a sizable and recurring stream of income is ensured.
Another significant factor is the enhanced ownership stake of Vopak LNG Holding B.V. in the Company’s Parent Elengy Terminal Pakistan Limited (44%). Vopak LNG Holding B.V. is an international player with sizable footprint in terminal businesses worldwide which adds strongly to the business strength attributable to successful business model of Vopak LNG Holding B.V. of establishing joint venture with local players.
Engro Elengy continues to meet its availability (~95%) – an outcome of technically sound operations and maintenance operator, Excelerate Energy (EE), is a key source of comfort in managing the plant’s operations. A stable stream of revenue leads to build up of surplus cash, which after making committed payments to lenders is being distributed to sponsors regularly, as per policy.
The working capital cycle is solely the differential of the days of receipts from SSGC and payments to suppliers. Payments from SSGC are secured by way of Stand-By Letter of Credit (SBLC), due to which chances of deterioration in the Working capital cycle are very low. This keeps working capital needs under check. Company’s total long-term debt of PKR 6,283mln as at end-March19, payable till Dec23. Corporate Guarantee from sponsors soothes financial risk.
The ratings take significant support from EETPL’s association with Engro Corporation Limited and Vopak LNG Holding B.V. The ratings remain dependent on smooth operations of the terminal, and conduct of sole buyer with reference to the timely payments to Engro Elengy Terminal. Meanwhile, debt service coverages and other financial related metrics must remain strong.
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The Pakistan Credit Rating Agency Limited (PACRA)
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Lahore – Pakistan
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