Jan 11 2012
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Abu Dhabi-based Aldar Properties 'B/B' Ratings affirmed following sales of assets to The Government; Outlook Stable
We are affirming our ratings on Aldar at 'B/B'.
We continue to incorporate two notches of uplift in the ratings for our expectation of a "moderately high" likelihood of extraordinary government support.
The outlook is stable as we expect the government to continue to support Aldar , enabling it to reach a stable operational and financial performance over the medium term.
DUBAI (Standard & Poor's) January 11, 2012--Standard & Poor's Ratings Services today said it affirmed its long- and short-term corporate credit ratings on Abu Dhabi-based property company
Aldar Properties PJSC (Aldar)
at 'B/B'. The outlook is stable.
The issue rating on the $1.25 billion 10.75% senior unsecured bonds due May 2014 and United Arab Emirates dirham (AED) 3.75 billion of al-ijarah sukuk due June 2013, issued on behalf of Aldar , have also been affirmed at 'B', at the same level as the long-term corporate credit rating on the company. The recovery rating of '4' on these debt issues is unchanged, indicating Standard & Poor's expectation of average (30%-50%) recovery in the event of a payment default. Atlantic Finance Ltd. issued the senior unsecured bonds and Sukuk Funding (No. 2) Ltd. issued the sukuk.
The affirmation reflects our view that Aldar is likely to reach a stable operational and financial performance over the medium term, following the announcement of another AED16.8 billion of asset sales to the government, although the company remains subject to weak real estate market conditions. The government transaction reduces the risk that Aldar will not be able to sell its inventory of residential developments. In addition, proceeds from the sale of investment properties and fixed assets strengthen its capital structure and liquidity position.
Our assessment of Aldar 's SACP reflects weak property market fundamentals in Abu Dhabi, the company's high financial leverage, and weak profitability track record. Aldar 's credit strengths include, in our opinion, the group's position as one of the leading property companies in Abu Dhabi and its close relationship with the government in project planning and execution.
The stable outlook reflects our expectations of continued government support for Aldar in the form of funding from local banks and government-sponsored work that should enable it to reach a stable operational and financial performance over the medium term.
We may consider lowering the ratings if Aldar fails to break even or if its liquidity position deteriorates.
We may raise the ratings if the company's operational performance improves significantly and we observe that the company is able to return to profitability and sustainably generate positive free cash flow generation without extraordinary government support.
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