The Phoenix Mills Limited’s associate Classic Mall’s Series 1 & 2 NCDs upgraded by India Ratings to ‘IND AAA(SO)’/Stable

Deepthi | Myequity news | Date : 06-09-2018 18:40:00 IST

The Phoenix Mills Limited (PML) today announced that the credit rating for the commercial mortgage backed securities (CMBS) issued by Classic Mall Development Company Pvt. Ltd. (Classic Mall), the company that owns Phoenix MarketCity Chennai, has been upgraded to ‘IND AAA (SO)’/Stable by India Rating (Ind-Ra).

According to the rating agency, the upgrade of the ratings on the outstanding CMBS (Series 1 and Series 2 NCDs) reflects a rise in the total lease rental income (including revenue share-based rental income) that led to an improved debt servicing ability on the NCDs’ debt obligations, indicated by a significantly high interest service coverage ratio (ISCR) of 3.70x for the remaining tenor of both Series NCDs.

Among several factors that Ind-Ra considered while upgrading the ratings included PMC-Chennai’s asset quality being the largest mall in Chennai, existing occupancy rate of 96.3% and sustained improvement in underlying key operating performance parameters (rental income, consumption and trading density expanded at a CAGR of 13.0%, 12.0% and 5.0% over FY14-FY18, respectively).

Commenting on the rating upgrade of Classic Mall, Mr. Pradumna Kanodia, Director – Finance, The Phoenix Mills Limited said, “Phoenix Marketcity Chennai along with other Phoenix Marketcity malls are amongst the best performing malls in India today. PMC Chennai has seen a sustained increase in the rental income which has led to strong cash flows. FY18 rental income was at Rs. 1,394 mn and has grown at CAGR of 13% between FY14-18. The rating upgrade for Classic Mall’s NCDs is reflective of the company’s improving cash flows, strong underlying financials and debt servicing ability.”

About The Phoenix Mills Limited (PML):

PML is a leading retail mall developer and operator in India and is the pioneer of retail-led, mixed-use developments in India with completed development of over 17.5 million square feet spread across retail, hospitality, commercial, and residential asset classes. The company has an operational retail portfolio of approximately 6.0 million square feet of retail space spread across 8 operational malls in 6 gateway cities of India. The company is further developing 5 malls with over 4.6 million sq. feet of retail space in 5 gateway cities of India.

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