Jakarta, 15 March 2019 - PT Lippo Karawaci Tbk (“LPKR” or the “Company”), Indonesia’s leading integrated real estate developer, today announced that Moody’s Investors Service (“Moody’s”) has changed LPKR’s ratings outlook to ‘Stable’ from ‘Negative’, and affirmed the Company’s B3 corporate family rating, while S&P Global Ratings (“S&P”) has placed its ‘CCC+’ long-term issuer credit rating on CreditWatch with positive implications.
The change in Moody’s ratings outlook reflects the rating agency’s expectation that LPKR will have sufficient cash to fund its operating needs and service its debt obligations up to end 2020. Moody’s believes that LPKR’s proposed underwritten rights issue demonstrates a strong commitment from the Riady family to support debt reduction efforts and complete existing projects under construction.
Moody’s also affirmed the B3 backed senior unsecured rating of the bonds issued by Theta Capital Pte. Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of LPKR.
Meanwhile, S&P believes that the funding programme will help improve the Company’s financial position by reducing debt, and funding future growth in its property business. S&P plans to resolve the CreditWatch upon completion of LPKR’s proposed rights issue, which could result in the rating being raised by one or two notches.
Mr. John Riady, CEO of LPKR, said, “The positive revisions by Moody’s and S&P validate the robustness of our funding programme, which will strengthen our balance sheet, improve our liquidity and allow us to continue investing in key projects. Moving forward, we will focus on applying a disciplined approach to capital management, in order to drive profitability and sustainable growth of our real estate platform.”
About PT Lippo Karawaci Tbk (www.lippokarawaci.co.id)
Listed on the Indonesia Stock Exchange, Lippo Karawaci (“LPKR”) is Indonesia’s leading integrated real estate company with total assets of US$3.4bn as at 31 December 2018. Our core business comprises urban residential developments, lifestyle malls and healthcare. We are also actively involved in integrated developments, hospitality, township development and management, as well as asset management services.
Present in 35 cities, we are Indonesia’s leading property developer with 1,297 ha of landbank ready for development. Through our two publicly listed subsidiaries, PT Lippo Cikarang Tbk, and PT Gowa Makassar Tourism Development Tbk, of which LPKR owns 54.4% and 62.7% respectively, LPKR develops and operates urban developments at Lippo Cikarang in Bekasi and at Tanjung Bunga in Makassar.
LPKR owns 51.05% of PT Siloam International Hospitals Tbk, Indonesia’s leading private hospitals network, with 35 state-of-the-art-hospitals across 27 cities nationwide – 12 hospitals in Greater Jakarta, 23 across Java, Sumatra, Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Bali and Nusa Tenggara, supported by over 2,900 specialists and general practitioners and over 10,000 nurses and support staff.
LPKR also has two listed REITs in Singapore, namely First Real Estate Investment Trust and Lippo Malls Indonesia Retail Trust with US$1.0bn and US$1.4bn of assets under management respectively, as at 31 December 2018.
For more information please contact:
PT LIPPO KARAWACI TBK
William Wijaya Utama Senior Manager
Danang Kemayan Jati
Vice President, Head of Corporate Communication
Tel: +6221 739 9928
Mobile: +62 811 850 102
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