PACRA Maintains Entity Ratings of Narowal Energy Limited
The ratings reflect strong business profile of Narowal Energy Limited emanating from the demand risk coverage under Power Purchase Agreement signed between CPPA-G and the Company. Meanwhile, the Implementation Agreement provides sovereign guarantee for cash flows, given adherence to agreed performance benchmarks (Availability: 88%, Efficiency: 45%). The Company continues to meet its performance benchmarks. Nevertheless, delayed payments from the power purchaser remained a challenge as the same poses pressure on Company’s working capital requirements. The ratings incorporate low operational risk, a result of in-house O&M undertaken by Hub Power Services Limited (HPSL) – an associated company. The Company’s generation witnessed a decrease during FY19 on the back of lower power demand by CPPA-G. Narowal Energy has been repaying its debt repayments (Principal and Markup) on time without availing benefit of forbearance period, facet of strong financial profile and working capital management. Sound financial profile of Hubco; the holding company, provides comfort to the ratings.
Adherence to good financial discipline towards both financial and commercial obligations would remain important. Meanwhile, upholding strong operational performance in line with agreed performance levels remain important. Because of the mounting receivables and consequent funding thereof from banking lines, remaining cushion in the available working capital facilities is limited, warranting management’s immediate attention. However, management is continuously working for the release of overdue amount which would result in sufficient availability of funds.
Narowal Energy Limited (Narowal Energy) – 100% owned subsidiary of The Hub Power Company Limited (Hubco) - was established in 2015 as a public limited company to take up Narowal plant of Hubco. Hubco completed demerger of its Narowal Plant and Narowal Energy completely acquired functions of Narowal Plant from March 2017 after court’s approval. Narowal Energy Limited, with gross capacity of 225MW, is operating under the Power Policy 2002. It began commercial operations in April 2011.
The Board of Directors of Narowal Energy Limited comprises of four Directors, including the CEO. The members of the Board are representatives of Hubco. The management control of the Narowal Energy vests with Mr. Khalid Mansoor, the CEO. He carries with him over three decades of experience in Energy & Petrochemical sectors in leading roles for mega size projects development, execution, management and operations. He is supported by a team of experienced professionals having relevant skills and expertise in their respective fields.