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12-Jul-2022
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GREEN FINANCING
SUB-CATEGORY
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GREEN FINANCING
TITLE
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Sparks Energy 1 Sdn Bhd
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MARC Ratings has withdrawn its preliminary rating of AA-IS on Sparks Energy 1 Sdn Bhd's RM220.0 million proposed ASEAN Green SRI Sukuk. Sparks Energy 1 is the funding vehicle for two 30MWac solar projects in Kuala Muda, Kedah and Machang, Kelantan. 

We note that construction of the solar power plants is currently being funded by bank loans which are expected to be repaid from proceeds of the proposed sukuk. MARC Ratings understands that the construction of the solar power plants has been delayed mainly due to the impact from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Kuala Muda plant achieved commercial operation date (COD) on March 22, 2022 from a revised target of December 31, 2021 while the Machang plant's COD has been revised to September 2022 from January 31, 2022. 

MARC Ratings had highlighted in its press announcement dated November 30, 2021, that the proposed sukuk programme would be set up upon achieving COD for both plants and that the preliminary rating only considers the operational phase of the projects. The rating withdrawal now reflects our concern that the legal disputes between project sponsors over the sponsorship structure of the two solar power project companies would be protracted and may affect the completion of the Machang plant as well as impact the operational phase of the plants. 

Contacts:
Lee Chi Han, +603-2717 2939/ [email protected] 
Neo Xue Wei, +603-2717 2937/ [email protected] 
Sharidan Salleh, +603-2717 2954/ [email protected] 

July 8, 2022

[This announcement is available on MARC's corporate website at www.marc.com.my]

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This communication is provided by MARC Ratings Berhad (MARC Ratings) based on information believed by MARC Ratings to be accurate and reliable as derived from publicly available sources or provided by the rated entity or its agents. MARC Ratings, however, has not independently verified such information and makes no representation as to the accuracy or completeness of such informati
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