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RAM Ratings reaffirms rating of KIP REIT Capital’s RM210 mil Class A MTN under 2019-Issue 1 MTN

Published on 26 Aug 2020.

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RAM Ratings has reaffirmed the AAA/Stable rating of the first issuance (2019-Issue 1 MTN) of RM210 mil Class A Medium Term Notes (MTN) under KIP REIT Capital Sdn Bhd’s (the Issuer) RM2.0 bil perpetual MTN Programme (the Programme). The underlying collateral for 2019-Issue 1 MTN comprises KIPMall Tampoi (KMT), KIPMall Masai (KMM), KIPMall Bangi (KMB) and AEON Mall Kinta City (AMKC) (collectively, the Properties; excluding AMKC, the KIPMalls). The Properties’ combined market value stood at RM678.0 mil as at 30 June 2020.  

The rating reaffirmation is underpinned by our assessment of the Properties’ credit characteristics and performance as well as the transaction’s structure and liquidity position. As we have maintained our sustainable cashflow assumption of RM50 mil and valuation of the Properties of RM570.82 mil, the resultant loan-to-value ratio of 36.79% and stressed debt service coverage ratio (DSCR) of 2.85 times continue to provide comfortable credit support for the Class A Notes, commensurate with an AAA rating. Although the Properties’ cashflow may be softer in the interim, the Issuer has more than sufficient liquidity to fully meet senior costs and coupon payments in respect of the Class A Notes, with a DSCR of 3.66 times as at end-June 2020.

Compared against the impact of Covid-19-induced rental relief measures on some other commercial real estate-backed transactions rated by RAM, the Properties’ net cashflow decline was observed to be less material at -7.2% y-o-y, with cashflow coming in at RM47.0mil in FY Jun 2020. This is attributable to the KIPMalls’ higher exposure to the fresh market/supermarket trade sectors, focusing on basic necessities, compared to bigger lifestyle malls, therefore suffered less disruptions during the movement control order. AMKC’s long-term lease agreement (expiring in September 2025) with a reputable master tenant, AEON Co (M) Bhd, also provides the Properties with better cashflow stability to some degree. Lease renewal negotiations at the KIPMalls have been positive to date, with over 90% of tenants renewed their leases, although at flattish reversion rates. 

That said, downside risks remain for the near term, particularly with KMM having over 90% leases, by rental income, due for renewal in FY Jun 2021. However, a majority of the tenants have stayed with the mall for more than three rental cycles. We also expect a longer gestation period for KMB to see results from its ongoing tenant reconfiguration exercise. Accelerated adoption of online shopping, weaker consumer purchasing power and the lifting of a six-month loan moratorium at end-September 2020 could worsen the performance of the Properties. Our stress test indicates that the Properties’ net cashflow may continue to hover at the current level for the next one to two fiscal years before recovering to RM50 mil by FY Jun 2023.  

The Issuer – a wholly owned subsidiary of KIP Real Estate Investment Trust (KIP REIT or the REIT) – was set up as a funding conduit for the sole purpose of facilitating the fundraising exercise via the proposed Programme, to be secured against properties owned by the REIT. KIP REIT, which was listed in February 2017, was initiated as a trust that focuses on an investment portfolio of community-centric retail centres. 

 

Analytical contact
Chu Jia Ying
(603) 3385 2519
jiaying@ram.com.my

Media contact
Padthma Subbiah
(603) 3385 2577
padthma@ram.com.my

 

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