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S&P Gives Stable Outlook to Indiabulls Real Estate

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New Delhi: Credit rating agency Standard & Poor's has given a stable outlook to Indiabulls Real Estate Ltd (IBREL) as it expects the company's financial performance to improve over the next 12-18 months.
 

It also affirmed 'B+' long-term issue rating on the company's guaranteed senior notes.
 

"The outlook is stable," S&P said in a statement.
 

"We affirmed the ratings because we expect IBREL's financial performance to improve over the next 12-18 months," said Standard & Poor's credit analyst Kah Ling Chan.
 

"However, the company is likely to remain exposed to execution risk from its rapid expansion."
 

S&P said that IBREL's property sales picked up to Rs 8 billion between April and June 2015.
 

"The company's sales are about 25 per cent of our forecasts for fiscal 2016 (year ending March 31, 2016) and are in line with our expectations," it added.
 

Mumbai-based realty firm continues to face execution risk from its rapid expansion and is also exposed to some project concentration over the next 12-24 months, S&P said.
 

Three of the company's 10 ongoing projects would account for more than 80 per cent of total revenue from property development.
 

"We expect IBREL's cash flows to be somewhat volatile through an industry cycle. The timing of the company's project launches can impact cash collections and influence the operating performance and cash flow adequacy," it said.
 

Indiabulls Real Estate's management remains committed to deleveraging. The major shareholders have committed cash to take up an allotment of preferential shares and warrants totaling about Rs 5.4 billion in fiscals 2016 and 2017.
 

"The stable outlook reflects our expectation that IBREL will satisfactorily execute its projects and contract sales over the next 12-15 months without any deterioration in its liquidity," said Chan.



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