Moody's rates Mubadala's ECP Programme Prime-1
- United Arab Emirates: Tuesday, February 02 - 2010 at 13:14
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Moody's Investors Service has assigned a Prime-1 short term rating to the proposed Euro Commercial Paper (ECP) Programme to be issued by MDC -- GMTN B.V. (MDC), wholly and irrevocably guaranteed by Mubadala Development Company (Mubadala).
Mubadala's liquidity profile is strong and has improved significantly following recent long-term re-financing exercises, both of subsidiary debt (Dolphin Energy) and corporate obligations. The only near-term drawn maturity is a $100m private placement bond under Mubadala's GMTN programme due in June 2010. Present on-balance sheet cash is substantial and the shares in its six most liquid holdings carry a current value of around Dhs5.5bn ($1.5bn).
Mubadala is likely to commence moderate issuance under the programme, which will be fully supported by matching dedicated liquidity at all times.
Mubadala is a fully government-owned company in Abu Dhabi with a public policy mandate of assisting the development and diversification of the emirate's hydrocarbon based economy. Although Mubadala does not have an explicit written guarantee, the Government has verbally assured Moody's that it stands fully behind the company. Mubadala's issuer ratings are therefore aligned with those of the Government of Abu Dhabi at Aa2/Prime-1.
However, Mubadala's long term ratings were placed on review for possible downgrade on 9th December 2009, together with all other ratings of Abu Dhabi and UAE government related issuers (GRIs). The review was prompted by a need to re-validate, and possibly reconsider our support assumptions following Dubai's decision to explicitly segregate its direct obligations from those of its GRIs, following which a decision was subsequently made to pursue a debt restructuring at Dubai World. Moody's expects to complete the review by March 2010.
The principal methodology used in rating Mubadala was Moody's Guide to Sovereign Ratings, published in December 2008 and available on www.moodys.com in the Rating Methodologies sub-directory under the Research & Ratings tab. Other methodologies and factors that may have been considered in the process of rating this issuer can also be found in the Rating Methodologies sub-directory on Moody's website. Moody's last rating action on Mubadala was on 27th April 2009 when it assigned a Aa2 to its GMTN bond programme.
Mubadala Development Company PJSC (Mubadala) was established in 2002 by a Decree from the Emir of Abu Dhabi with the primary task of developing Abu Dhabi's economy from a largely hydrocarbon based to a diversified economy. It is 100%-owned by the Abu Dhabi Government (rated Aa2/Stable).
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