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Moody's assigns B1 to Sunac's proposed USD notes

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11 Jun 2019

Hong Kong, June 11, 2019 -- Moody's Investors Service has assigned a B1 senior unsecured rating to Sunac China Holdings Limited's (Ba3 stable) proposed USD notes.

The company plans to use the proceeds from the issuance mainly to refinance existing debt.

RATINGS RATIONALE

"The proposed bond issuance will lengthen Sunac's debt maturity profile and will not have a material impact on its credit metrics, because the proceeds will be used mainly to refinance existing debt," says Danny Chan, a Moody's Assistant Vice President and Analyst.

Moody's expects that Sunac's revenue/adjusted debt (including adjustments for its shares in joint ventures and associates) will improve to 75%-80% over the next 12-18 months from around 60% in 2018, supported by an expected increase in revenue recognition from strong contracted sales and controlled spending on land purchases and non-property investments.

Likewise, Sunac's interest coverage — as measured by adjusted EBIT/interest — will likely improve to 3.0x-3.2x from around 2.6x during the same period.

Sunac continued to report solid 12% year-on-year contracted sales growth for the five months ended 31 May 2019, following 27% and 140% contracted sales growth in 2018 and 2017.

Moody's expects the company's contracted sales will remain solid but slow from a high base over the next 1-2 years. This solid sales growth reflects its established brand name, quality products and sizable saleable resources of about RMB800 billion for 2019.

Sunac's Ba3 corporate family rating (CFR) reflects its strong sales execution, leading brand and market position in China's Tier 1 and Tier 2 cities, as well as the good quality of its land bank. The rating also considers Sunac's good liquidity profile, driven by its rapid asset turnover business model.

However, the CFR is constrained by the modest credit metrics associated with Sunac's business expansion. In addition, the adoption of a rapid asset turnover business model has reduced the stability of its profitability and interest coverage. Nevertheless, Moody's expects that the company's credit metrics will improve over the next 12-18 months.

The stable outlook reflects Moody's expectation that the company will further improve its profitability, remain prudent in its financial management and control its investments in non-property businesses.

The B1 senior unsecured debt rating is one notch lower than the corporate family rating due to structural subordination risk.

This risk reflects the fact that the majority of claims are at the operating subsidiaries and have priority over Sunac's senior unsecured claims in a bankruptcy scenario. In addition, the holding company lacks significant mitigating factors for structural subordination.

Upward ratings pressure could emerge if Sunac: (1) demonstrates its ability to exercise restraint in its non-core business investments; (2) maintains its solid liquidity position; and (3) improves its credit metrics, such that adjusted revenue/debt rises above 95%-100% and adjusted EBIT/interest rises above 3.5x-4.0x on a sustained basis.

However, the ratings could be downgraded in case of: (1) a material decline in its contracted sales; (2) a weakening liquidity position; (3) substantial investments in its non-property development businesses; or (4) weakening credit metrics, such that adjusted revenue/debt falls below 60%-70% and adjusted EBIT/interest drops below 2.5x-3.0x on a sustained basis.

The principal methodology used in this rating was Homebuilding And Property Development Industry published in January 2018. Please see the Rating Methodologies page on www.moodys.com for a copy of this methodology.

Listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange on 7 October 2010, Sunac China Holdings Limited is an integrated residential and commercial property developer with projects in China's main economic regions. The company develops a diverse range of properties, including high-rise and mid-rise residences, detached villas, town houses, retail properties, offices and car parks.

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