Saturday, June 22, 2019

MIAL defers Rs 2,000-crore bond offering over unfavourable market

Mumbai: GVK group-backed Mumbai International Airport (MIAL) has postponed plans for its Rs 2,000-crore bond offering and also deferred refinancing of some of its loans. According to India Ratings (Ind-Ra), MIAL has deferred its bond issue owing to unfavourable market conditions.

Ind-Ra has downgraded the rating assigned to term loans from ‘AA-’ to ‘A+’. Officials with bond arrangers said the bond market has been volatile. It is a tad unfriendly on credit issuance (bonds and loans). People have apprehensions and there is no clarity on how the environment is likely to be in the coming months.

Many players in the infrastructure sector are over leveraged. There is difficulty in terms of getting investors’ conviction in the environment where a lot of companies have not been able to meet their obligations.
The market is unfavourable so far as credit is concerned. This has impacted plans for investment grade companies also, they added. The company is in the infrastructure space. Ind-Ra said MIAL had planned to refinance a portion of the loan to meet cash requirements for both capex and Navi Mumbai International Airport equity. This plan, too, has been deferred, leading to compressed liquidity and weakening of forward-looking coverage ratios.

Earlier this week, the rating agency had cut the rating for MIAL’s term loans over erosion in built-up liquidity caused by factors like delays in real estate monetisation. The rating action also reflected higher-than-estimated capital expenditure and higher-than-projected equity injection in NMIAL. MIAL is the promoter of the upcoming New Mumbai International Airport.
21/06/19 Abhijit Lele/Business Standard
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