Thursday, July 8, 2010

DIFC Investments Downgraded with Outlook Negative


8 July 2010 - Approximately US$1.25 billion in debt affected

Moody's Investors Service has today downgraded to B3 from B2 the senior unsecured issuer and debt ratings of DIFC Investments LLC ("DIFCI" or "the Group") and Dubai Sukuk Centre Ltd. At the same time, Moody's has converted DIFCI's B3 issuer rating into a B3 corporate family rating (CFR) and assigned a probability of default rating (PDR) of B3, in line with the rating agency's practice for corporate issuers with non-investment-grade ratings. The outlook on all ratings is negative.

Moody's says that DIFCI's downgrade to B3 reflects the Group's highly leveraged financial profile, its expected heavy reliance on asset disposals in the coming 12-24 months in order to build sufficient liquidity to meet maturing debt obligations, and its continued negative free cash flow generation. While recognising management's intention to refocus the business, reduce costs and dispose of non-core assets, Moody's points out the risk that these measures may be insufficient to ensure that the Group has available funds to meet its maturing financial obligations as they become due over the next two to three years. The downgrade to B3 also factors in the negative impact that challenging conditions in the Dubai real estate market continue to have on DIFCI's financial profile. In 2009, the company recorded significant impairments in its real estate portfolio, which, combined with write-downs in its broader asset portfolio, contributed to a full-year loss from continuing operations of USD480 million. 
 More bad news for the Emirate.   And a commentary on market conditions. 

2 comments:

Laocowboy2 said...

More a long winded way of saying "a restructuring by Xmas"

Abu 'Arqala said...

Laocowboy2

I believe the proper technical term is
"an extension on commercial terms".

It sounds so much nicer.