null Menara ABS Berhad fully redeems Tranche B3 Sukuk; RAM closely monitoring Tranche A
Menara ABS Berhad fully redeems Tranche B3 Sukuk; RAM closely monitoring Tranche A
15 Jan 2021 | Friday source: RAM Rating Services
RAM Ratings has received confirmation from the Trustee that the RM85 mil Tranche B3 Sukuk under Menara ABS Berhad’s (the Issuer) RM1 bil Sukuk Ijarah Programme (2008/2023) has been fully redeemed as scheduled on 15 January 2021. As such, its AAA/stable rating has been withdrawn.
|Tranche A1||AAA/Stable||240||15 January 2021||13 January 2023|
|Tranche B3||Redeemed||15 January 2021|
|Tranche C||Unrated||500||15 January 2021||13 January 2023|
The RM345 mil Tranches A1 to A4 Sukuk (collectively, the Tranche A Sukuk) remain outstanding as at 15 January 2021. The issuer has 2 years before the legal maturity date of 15 January 2023 to ensure redemption of the Tranche A Sukuk.
The issuer is in discussion with the sponsor, Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM), for TM to buy back or lease selected properties in the portfolio for a refinancing exercise. However, the Covid-19 pandemic and lacklustre office market conditions have posed challenges in negotiating lease renewal and/or the disposal of the properties in open market.
At this point, the Tranche C Sukukholders have not confirmed whether to extend the special funding option to the Issuer to facilitate redemption of the Tranche A Sukuk. That said, there is minimal risk of cashflow disruption or reduced liquidity to meet the periodic distributions to the Tranche A Sukuk during the two-year tail period. Contracted payments under the master lease, which expires on 15 January 2023, continue to be fulfilled.
The outcome of lease negotiations may, however, have a bearing on the sustainable valuation of the underlying properties and may lead to downward rating pressures. Continued deferral in arriving at a clear resolution of asset disposal or lease renewals over the next 8-12 months may increase redemption risk thereby leading to a multi-notch downward revision of the ratings, notwithstanding the available credit support provided by the underlying properties.
Menara ABS is a trust-owned special-purpose entity sponsored by TM to facilitate the securitisation of four of its properties – Menara TM, Menara Celcom, TM Taman Desa and TM Cyberjaya – via a Sukuk Ijarah Agreement.
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Date of release: 15 January 2021
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