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Moody's assigns B2 corporate family rating to Alam Sutera Realty

Global Credit Research - 13 Mar 2012

Singapore, March 13, 2012 -- Moody's Investors Service has today assigned a B2 corporate family rating to PT Alam Sutera Realty Tbk (Alam Sutera Realty).

At the same time, Moody's has assigned a provisional (P)B2 senior unsecured bond rating to the proposed senior unsecured notes to be issued by Alam Sutera International Private Limited (Alam Sutera International), an entity wholly-owned by Alam Sutera Realty, and guaranteed by Alam Sutera Realty and its subsidiaries.

The outlook on both ratings is stable.

RATINGS RATIONALE

This is the first time Moody's has assigned ratings to Alam Sutera Realty or Alam Sutera International. The provisional status of the senior unsecured bond rating will be removed upon completion of the bond issuance.

The proceeds from the issuance will be used for (a) the acquisition of land; (b) the development of new and existing projects; and (c) the funding of transaction expenses.

"Alam Sutera Realty's B2 rating reflects its sound business model, which focuses on township design, as well as the sale of land lots and low-rise commercial and residential properties. This approach allows it the flexibility to scale its projects in accordance with market conditions and lowers development risks," says Alvin Tan, a Moody's Analyst.

"The company also benefits from an extensive low-cost land bank in Tangerang, and which it has been acquiring since the early 1990s. As such, it is well-positioned to benefit from the appreciating land values in the region, and giving it the ability to generate strong adjusted operating margins of 42 to 50% over the past two years," adds Tan, who is also Moody's Lead Analyst for Alam Sutera Realty.

However, the company's ratings are constrained by its small scale, lack of geographic diversity, and limited track record in township planning, having focused on only a single project in Alam Sutera since 1994.

Then again, Moody's also recognizes that it had sold or leased a total of 9,252 land lots and properties that it had developed in Alam Sutera, of which 6,638 were residential land lots and properties, as at 31 December 2011.

"Alam Sutera Realty remains exposed to the volatile property sector, with a limited contribution from the more stable, recurring income stream from its investment properties," says Tan.

"And while the Alam Sutera township project has been successful to date, the company's ability to replicate the same model with its second township project in Pasar Kemis remains uncertain. Furthermore, plans to expand into Bali's tourism sector, especially its potential investment in the Garuda Wisnu Kencana tourism project, also increases execution risks," Tan adds.

The stable outlook reflects Moody's expectation that Alam Sutera Realty will be well-supported by its ample low-cost land bank in Greater Jakarta, as well as its ongoing discipline in the pursuit of its growth strategy.

Upward rating pressures could emerge if Alam Sutera Realty is able to execute its expansion strategy successfully, and which also includes the ability to replicate the Alam Sutera township model in its new project in Pasar Kemis. An upgrade would also be supported by sustained improvement in sales performance and positive free cash flow generation. Credit metrics that will support an upgrade include EBIT/Interest coverage above 4.0-4.5x and adjusted leverage below 40% on a sustained basis.

On the other hand, downward pressure could emerge if Alam Sutera Realty's financial and liquidity profiles weaken due to (1) the company failing to execute its business plans; (2) a deterioration in the property market, leading to protracted weakness in its operations and credit profile; and (3) a material depreciation in the Rupiah, and which increases the company's debt-servicing obligations.

Moody's considers EBIT/Interest coverage below 2.0x and adjusted leverage above 50% as indications that a downgrade may be necessary. The senior unsecured bond rating could also be downgraded if the company raises more secured debt than expected.

The principal methodology used in these ratings was Moody's Global Homebuilding Industry, published in March 2009. Please see the Credit Policy page on www.moodys.com for a copy of this methodology.

Established on 3 November 1993, PT Alam Sutera Realty Tbk (Alam Sutera Realty) is an integrated property developer in Indonesia with a sizeable land bank of 1,451 ha (gross area) as of 31 December 2011. The company focuses on the sale of land lots in accordance to township planning needs, as well as property development in residential, commercial and industrial segments in Indonesia. Alam Sutera Realty was founded by the family of The Ning King, and was formerly known as PT Adhihutama Manunggal, The company listed on the Indonesian Stock Exchange on 18 December 2007.

REGULATORY DISCLOSURES

Although this credit rating has been issued in a non-EU country which has not been recognized as endorsable at this date, this credit rating is deemed "EU qualified by extension" and may still be used by financial institutions for regulatory purposes until 30 April 2012. Further information on the EU endorsement status and on the Moody's office that has issued a particular Credit Rating is available on www.moodys.com.

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Alvin Tan
Analyst
Corporate Finance Group
Moody's Investors Service Singapore Pte. Ltd.
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Moody's assigns B2 corporate family rating to Alam Sutera Realty
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