ANNOUNCEMENT DETAILS

Stay updated on Malaysian bonds and sukuk.

ANNOUNCEMENT DATE
:
10-Aug-2022
CATEGORY
:
GREEN FINANCING
SUB-CATEGORY
:
GREEN FINANCING
TITLE
:
Solar Management (Seremban) Sdn Bhd
ISSUER NAME
:
SOLAR MANAGEMENT (SEREMBAN) SDN. BHD.
DESCRIPTION
:
CONTENT
:
RAM Ratings has reaffirmed the AA3/Stable rating of Solar Management (Seremban) Sdn Bhd's (SMS or the Company) RM260 mil ASEAN Green SRI Sukuk (2020/2038) (the Sukuk). 

The rating is premised on the robust operational performance of the Company's 50 MWac solar photovoltaic plant (the Plant) in Rembau, Negeri Sembilan. Despite a higher number of forced outages in FY Dec 2021, the Plant's net energy output (NEO) of 82,571 MWh exceeded our 74,803 MWh projection by 10.4%. This is equivalent to 99% of its declared annual quantity (DAQ)  the forecasted annual electricity output submitted to Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB), the offtaker, in accordance with the Company's power purchase agreement with TNB. The agreement requires the Plant to meet at least 70% of the DAQ. 

SMS's overall financial footing was firmer in FY Dec 2021, with its top line staying strong at RM35.51 mil (FY Dec 2020: RM35.66 mil). This, combined with the year's lower operating and financing expenses, helped raise the Company's operating profit before depreciation, interest and tax to RM31.18 mil (FY Dec 2020: RM27.07 mil). SMS is no longer in the red, having recorded a net profit of RM8.02 mil (FY Dec 2020: RM1.59 mil loss). Its finance service coverage ratio (FSCR, with cash balances, post-distribution) of 3.80 times in April 2022 surpassed our projection of 2.85 times. A healthy energy output and sound cost control practices are key to the Company's improving financial performance.

The Plant's unscheduled outages surged to 236 hours in fiscal 2021 (fiscal 2020: 31.6 hours). The outages were mainly attributable to a flare-up of a switchgear cable and an oil leakage in a medium-voltage transformer. These issues have not recurred following remedial efforts by the operations and maintenance team. Rectifications to address the Plant's soil settlement, ponding and lightning strike issues are ongoing and are targeted for completion by end-2022. The Plant's availability for the year stayed commendabl
ATTACHMENT
:
SOURCE
:
BURSA
Stay on top of what’s happening in bond and sukuk markets.

Sign up to receive update on BIX Malaysia articles and tutorials or you can Read Our Last Edition »