TRIS Rating Maintains CreditAlert with Negative Implication on Partially Guaranteed Debts of GL

Stocks and Financial Services Press Releases Wednesday April 25, 2018 12:50
Bangkok--25 Apr--TRIS Rating

TRIS Rating maintains CreditAlert with a "negative" implication on the outstanding partially guaranteed debentures, rated at "BB+", issued by Group Lease PLC (GL). GL has suspended interest payments on the convertible debentures issued to J Trust Asia Pte. Ltd. (JTA), based on the legal opinion from GL's external counsel. The interest payment suspensions have occurred after JTA filed the lawsuit at the Civil Court on 9 January 2018, nullifying the transaction of those convertible debentures.

GL has withheld two interest payments on the convertible debentures held by JTA. The first payment, worth US3.25 million, was due on 1 February 2018 while the second payment of US1.25 million was due on 20 March 2018. GL informed TRIS Rating that the company has accrued such withheld interest in the financial statement for the first quarter 2018.

GL continues to service its other debt obligations. For example, on 29 March 2018, GL made a semi-annual interest payment of approximately Bt21 million on its outstanding partially guaranteed debentures.

The rating of the outstanding partially guaranteed debentures is based on the credit profiles of both the issuer (GL) and the guarantor. Sixty-five percent (65%) of the outstanding principal and interest of the debentures is guaranteed by KASIKORNBANK PLC (KBANK), rated "BBB+" (international scale) by S&P Global Ratings, with a "stable" outlook.

The "negative" alert implication reflects the uncertainties regarding the outcome of JTA's lawsuit, and other uncertainties that might cause a further deterioration in the business position and financial position of GL.

Group Lease PLC (GL)
Issue Rating:
GL199A: Bt1,500 million partially guaranteed debentures due 2019   BB+
CREDITALERT DESIGNATION:                                           Alert Negative

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