By Brazil Gonsalves

India Ratings and Research (Ind-Ra) has placed Firestar Diamond Limited, Hong Kong’s (FDLHK) bank facilities on Rating Watch Negative (RWN) as follows:

Instrument Type

Date of issuance

Coupon Rate

Maturity Date

Size of Issue (million)

Rating/Rating Watch

Rating Action

Fund-based working capital facilities

-

-

-

USD35

IND A-(SO)/RWN/IND A2+(SO)/RWN

Placed on RWN

KEY RATING DRIVERS

The RWN reflects a similar rating action on FDLHK’s parent company, Firestar International Private Limited (FIPL; ‘IND A-’/RWN), which has extended an unconditional, absolute and irrevocable guarantee towards the rated bank facilities. FIPL’s ratings are based on a consolidated view of its businesses and financials. 

Ind-Ra has placed FIPL’s ratings on RWN due to the uncertainty surrounding the potential impact on the bank credit to FIPL, which is related to companies/firms named by Punjab National Bank (PNB;
‘IND AAA’/Stable/‘IND A1+’) as parties in a fraud.

Press reports indicate that PNB has lodged an FIR with Central Bureau of Investigation, naming Solar Exports, Stellar Diamonds and Diamonds R US, all companies of the Nirav Modi group, for obtaining buyer’s credit from the overseas branches of Indian banks on the basis of letters of undertakings fraudulently issued on behalf of PNB.

Mr Nirav Modi is the main shareholder and a key person in the management of FIPL, and the charges, if proven, could impact the bank credit to FIPL and consequently the businesses of FIPL and its group companies.


RATING SENSITIVITIES

FDIPL’s ratings of will move in tandem with that of FIPL. The agency has sought meetings with the issuer’s representatives as well as the banks and would resolve the RWN after the extent of bank and regulatory action becomes clear. The RWN indicates that the ratings may be downgraded or affirmed.


COMPANY PROFILE

FDLHK is a step-down subsidiary of FIPL, which was founded by Nirav Modi. 

Mumbai-headquartered, FIPL is a global diamond and jewellery company with vertically integrated operations across the value chain. It has operational presence in Hong Kong, the UAE and the US, and has offices in New York, Hong Kong, Antwerp and Dubai. Its manufacturing units are across Mumbai and Surat, as well as across Jaipur, Moscow, Armenia and South Africa.

FINANCIAL SUMMARY
 

Particulars

FY16

FY15

Revenue (INR million)

125,109

103,084

EBITDA (INR million)

7,302

5,842

EBITDA margin (%)

5.8

5.7

Interest coverage (x)

3.3

2.2

Net leverage (x)

4.3

5.0

Source: FIPL, Ind-Ra


RATING HISTORY

Instrument Type

Current Rating/Rating Watch

Historical Rating/Outlook

Rating Type

Rated Limits (million)

Rating

17 March 2017

Fund-based working capital facilities

Long-term/Short-term

USD35

IND A-(SO)/RWN/IND A2+(SO)/RWN

IND A-(SO)/Stable/IND A2+(SO)


COMPLEXITY LEVEL OF INSTRUMENTS

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SOLICITATION DISCLOSURES

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Ratings are not a recommendation or suggestion, directly or indirectly, to you or any other person, to buy, sell, make or hold any investment, loan or security or to undertake any investment strategy with respect to any investment, loan or security or any issuer.

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Applicable Criteria

Analyst Names

  • Primary Analyst

    Brazil Gonsalves

    Senior Analyst
    India Ratings and Research Pvt Ltd Wockhardt Towers, 4th Floor, West Wing, Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra East,Mumbai - 400051
    +91 22 40001764

    Media Relation

    Mihir Mukherjee

    Manager Corporate Communications and Investor Relations
    +91 22 40356121