Zee Media Bureau
Mumbai: Credit rating agency ICRA has upgrade the long term rating on term loans for SITI Cable Network Limited, an Essel Group Company to A- from BBB+ with a 'stable' outlook.
ICRA has upgraded the long-term rating of SITI Cable to A- fromBBB+, the company said in a press statement.
Further ICRA has a AA(SO)outstanding rating on the term loan facility of SITI Cable with the outlook on the ratings as 'stable', the statement added.
The rating upgrade takes into account the recent equity infusion from the promoter group (Rs. 530 crores in February 2016) and the improving operating performance of SITI Cable, which is expected to result in an improvement in the credit profile of the company. ICRA also noted that being an Essel Group entity, SITI Cable has been benefitting from regular financial support from the promoter group.
Speaking about this rating upgrade, Mr. V D Wadhwa, Executive Director & CEO, SITI Cable said, “We welcome this upgrade in SITI Cable’s credit rating and thank ICRA for re-affirming SITI Cable’s growth story. Improvement in profitability, growth in Digital Subscriber base, continuous focus on operational excellence and promoter’s confidence in sustainable growth of the company, have all been the drivers for SITI Cable’s growth. SITI Cable has been at the forefront in offering great value to customers through video and broadband services.”
While the transitioning of the cable TV system in India from analog to digital is underway, ICRA reinforced the belief that SITI CABLE’s execution risk is mitigated by the management team’s extensive experience in various areas of the television and media industry, the company said.
The rating also factors in SITI CABLE’s status as one of the largest multi system operators (MSOs) in India in terms of cable universe (~12.2 million subscribers as of December 2015) and revenues (Rs. 905.9 crore in FY2015) as well as the high growth potential of digital cable services in India.
ICRA has also noted SITI CABLE’s significant investments in consumer premise equipment towards conversion of analog subscribers to digital.