Fitch Ratings Lanka has assigned Sampath Leasing and Factoring Limited’s proposed senior unsecured redeemable debentures of up to Rs. 500 million a ‘A(lka)’ National Long-Term rating.
The issue has been rated at the same level as SLFL’s National Long-Term rating of ‘A(lka)’ – which has a Positive Outlook, in line with Fitch’s criteria for rating senior unsecured debt of financial institutions.
Fitch says, the rating reflects the implied support assumed from SLFL’s main shareholder – Sampath Bank PLC, given the strong strategic and operational linkages between the two entities.
According to the rating agency, the proposed issue offers semi-annual, fixed-rate interest payments, which help SLFL mitigate its interest rate risk and equal bullet principal repayments in the third and fourth year.
The issue proceeds will be utilized to fund SLFL’s lease and hire purchase portfolio.
Fitch says as at 31 December 2011, SLFL’s asset base stood at Rs. 4.1 billion, which amounted to a 2% share of SB’s group assets, while SLFL’s share of SB’s group post-tax profits amounted to 5%.
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