By Brazil Gonsalves

India Ratings and Research (Ind-Ra) has downgraded Firestar Diamond BVBA’s (FDBVBA) bank facilities while resolving the Rating Watch Negative (RWN) as follows:

Instrument Type

Date of Issuance

Coupon Rate

Maturity Date

Size of Issue (million)

Rating

Rating Action

Fund-based working capital facilities

-

-

-

USD48

IND C(SO)/IND A4(SO)

Downgraded; Off RWN

Proposed working capital facilities

-

-

-

USD2

WD

Withdrawn (the company did not proceed with the instrument as envisaged)

KEY RATING DRIVERS

The rating action reflects a similar rating action on FDFZE’s ultimate parent company, Firestar International Private Limited (FIPL; ‘IND C’), 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.


FIPL’s rating action follows the determination that the ongoing investigation into the financial irregularities at common promoter companies would lead to a substantial disruption in FIPL’s operations. Freezing of FIPL’s accounts by banks and seizing of inventories by enforcement agencies, as well as absence of key management personnel have impacted the operations of FIPL and its subsidiaries.

On 14 February 2018, Punjab National Bank (PNB;
‘IND AAA’/RWN) reported fraudulent transactions worth USD1,771.7 million (about INR114 billion). This amount included the alleged fraud of INR2,807 million reported by PNB, for which an FIR was registered by the Central Bureau of Investigation on behalf of PNB against Solar Exports, Stellar Diamonds and Diamonds R US, all companies of the Nirav Modi group, and referred the matter to the enforcement agencies. Subsequently, Ind-Ra placed FIPL’s ratings on RWN on 15 February 2018.


RATING SENSITIVITIES

FDBVBA’s ratings will move in tandem with that of FIPL. An improvement in the operating environment of FIPL and its subsidiaries through smooth functioning of operations with banks could result in a positive rating action.


COMPANY PROFILE

FDBVBA 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. It has manufacturing units across Mumbai and Surat, Jaipur, Moscow, Armenia and South Africa.


FINANCIAL SUMMARY


Particulars

FY17

FY16

Revenue (INR million)

147,004

125,109

EBITDA (INR million)

7,883

7,302

EBITDA margin (%)

5.4

5.8

Interest coverage (x)

3.2

3.3

Net leverage (x)

3.8

4.3

Source: FIPL, Ind-Ra


RATING HISTORY

Instrument Type

Current Rating

Historical Rating/Outlook/Rating Watch

Rating Type

Rated Limits (million)

Rating

15 February 2018

17 March 2017

Fund-based working capital facilities

Long-term/Short-term

USD48

IND C(SO) /IND A4(SO)

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

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

Proposed working capital facility

Long-term/Short-term

USD2

WD

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

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


COMPLEXITY LEVEL OF INSTRUMENTS

For details on complexity level of the instruments, please visit https://www.indiaratings.co.in/complexity-indicators.

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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
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