Published on 27 May 2021.
RAM Ratings does not expect the proposed reorganisation of YTL Corporation Berhad’s (YTL Corp or the Group) cement and ready-mixed concrete businesses to affect the ratings of the debt facilities under YTL Corp and its indirectly owned subsidiary, Kedah Cement Sdn Bhd.
Under the proposed reorganisation, YTL Corp’s 98%-owned subsidiary, YTL Cement Berhad, will dispose of all its cement and ready-mixed concrete businesses to the latter’s 77%-owned Malayan Cement Berhad (MCB). The total consideration of RM5.2 bil will be satisfied by a RM2 bil cash payment, with the balance covered by the issuance of MCB shares and irredeemable, convertible preference shares.
The proposed reorganisation will enable the Group to streamline its cement and ready-mixed concrete operations under MCB while reaping synergistic benefits from its expanded capacity and operational footprint; YTL Cement acquired MCB in 2019. Despite MCB’s additional borrowings to fund the cash payment to YTL Cement, YTL Corp will feel minimal financial impact at group level. YTL Cement will utilise most of the RM2 bil cash proceeds to repay its debts. As such, the Group’s overall debt load will stay largely unchanged.
As a pivotal and fully owned subsidiary of MCB, Kedah Cement’s credit profile reflects its parent’s. In turn, MCB’s ratings mirror those of YTL Cement’s. RAM expects MCB’s credit metrics to remain supportive of its AA3/P1 ratings despite the heftier debt burden after the completion of the said transactions. Its gearing ratio will rise to 0.7 times post-reorganisation (end-December 2020: 0.39 times), albeit still manageable. From YTL Cement’s perspective, overall indebtedness remains relatively unchanged, and projected operating profit before depreciation, interest and tax debt coverage ratio is expected to stay strong.
Thong Mun Wai
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Karin Koh, CFA
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