Published on 29 Aug 2023.
RAM Ratings has assigned final ratings of AA3/Stable/P1 to MTT Shipping Sdn Bhd’s (the Company) Islamic Medium-Term Notes and Islamic Commercial Papers (ICP/IMTN) Programme, with a combined aggregate limit of up to RM1.5 bil. In doing so, we have reviewed all relevant transaction documents and found them to be in line with our expectations when the preliminary rating was assigned in May 2023.
MTT Shipping provides container liner shipping services to manufacturers, traders and freight forwarders, as well as feeder services to main line operators. It also has a growing charter hire operation.
The ratings consider MTT Shipping’s established position in the local container shipping industry and its sturdy debt coverage ratios even after assuming lower freight/charter tariffs and gaps between charter periods when existing charters expire in our forecast. Debt-funded expansion and risks from its enlarged fleet amid weaker demand and the poorer trade outlook globally are moderating factors. MTT Shipping is also exposed to bunker fuel cost volatility, foreign exchange risk and the cyclicality of the shipping sector. Execution risks and sector volatility are mitigated, to some extent, by a strong management team with extensive industry experience (spanning 32-41 years) and demonstrated ability to optimise shipping routes in response to the dynamic market. Please refer to our final rating rationale for further details.
Karin Koh, CFA
(603) 3385 2508
Thong Mun Wai
(603) 3385 2522
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