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PACRA Assigns Initial Entity Ratings to National Transmission and Despatch Company Limited

Rating Type Entity
Action Initial
Long Term AA+
Short Term A1+
Outlook Stable
Rating Watch -

The ratings also take support from National Transmission and Despatch Company’s (NTDC) ownership structure-dominantly owned by the Government of Pakistan (GoP) holds strategic importance to the authorities, as being a semi-autonomous power transmission utility; it is mandated to construct, maintain and operate an integrated network of 500 kV, 220 kV transmission lines and grid stations to evacuate power from an installed generation capacity of over 36,000 MW. NTDC’s low business risk emanates from its leading market position, strong uphold on transmission system in terms of its technical and business expertise; moreover, company’s operational expenses being part of tariff determination mechanism reflect positively on the company’s risk profile and its business and growth prospects; the Company maintains that transmission losses are aligned with the globally accepted parameters. Ratings also take into account Company’s moderate financial risk emanating from sizable equity, sound capital structure comprising mainly of local financing as foreign loans are provided under relent policy with inherent protection against currency and foreign exchange risk. Furthermore, working capital management is reflective of strong internal cash generation and effective management of circular debt by adjusting receivables with loans repayments on foreign relent loans. The ratings also incorporate NTDC’s strengthened position resulting through completion of 31 expansion projects. Market share, is expected to remain strong as NTDC is planning of enhancing its transmission capacity from 53,410MVA to 62,355MVA by Jun'21. Power evacuation from Neelum Jhelum, Diamer Basha Dam are some of Company’s huge and magnificent in pipeline projects.
Effective management of upcoming projects, in addition to ERP system installation, consistency in financial profile and risk matrixes remains critical for the ratings. Meanwhile, reconciliation of outstanding adjustments regarding Business Transfer Agreements and sustained competitive positioning is also imperative.

About the Entity
National Transmission and Despatch Company was incorporated as a Public Limited Company in Nov 06, 1998 under the Companies Ordinance 1984 (now Companies Act 2017), with its Head Office in Lahore. After having Certificate for Commencement of Business, NTDC started its commercial operations from March 01, 1999. NEPRA granted Transmission License to NTDC in December 2002 to engage in the exclusive transmission business for a term of thirty (30) years. NTDC 1st tariff was determinate by NEPRA in April, 2004.

Board comprises of ten experienced professionals: six independent directors and each member is a provincial nominee, three members being non-executive directors are representatives from Ministry of Energy, Power Division. Eng.Dr.Khawaja Riffat Hassan is the acting Managing Director of the company and a member of Board as well.

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