August 22, 2016 / 7:46 AM / a year ago

Fitch Affirms Penjaminan Infrastruktur Indonesia at 'BBB-'

(The following statement was released by the rating agency) HONG KONG, August 22 (Fitch) This rating action commentary corrects the version published on 19 August 2016. It corrects the estimated internal limit of guarantees. The amended version is as follows: Fitch Ratings has affirmed PT Penjaminan Infrastruktur Indonesia (Persero)'s Long-Term Foreign- and Local-Currency Issuer Default Ratings (IDR) at 'BBB-' and Short-Term Foreign-Currency IDR at 'F3'. The Outlook is Stable. The company is also known by its English name, Indonesia Infrastructure Guarantee Fund (IIGF). IIGF's ratings are credit-linked to those of Indonesia (BBB-/Stable/F3), reflecting its status as a wholly owned state corporation with strong oversight and strategic importance in developing public-private partnership (PPP) projects. Fitch believes there is a very high probability of IIGF receiving extraordinary state support, if needed, and its ratings are equalised with the sovereign. KEY RATING DRIVERS Strategically Important: IIGF was created in 2009 to provide guarantees for the political risks inherent in infrastructure projects. Guarantees attract more private participation in Indonesia's PPP projects, addressing significant infrastructure investment needs that cannot be financed solely from the national budget. Tight State Control: IIGF reports directly to the Ministry of Finance (MoF) and is overseen by a three-member board of commissioners, all of whom are appointed by the MoF. The MoF approves IIGF's annual budgets, long-term plans and board composition at the general shareholder meeting. Key Role in PPP Projects: IIGF serves as the state's sole representative issuing guarantees. IIGF extended the eligible sectors that can be guaranteed to 19 from eight under Presidential Regulation in 2016. The MoF is in the process of amending the regulations so IIGF can also provide guarantees for the infrastructure development sector in addition to infrastructure projects. Limited Activities to Date: Operations have been limited so far because the PPP projects in IIGF's pipeline are still underway, since large-scale infrastructure programmes typically take years to reach financial close. IIGF's current main revenue source is from interest earned on its liquid assets. IIGF expects to books its first fee revenues from total guarantees issued in 2016 of around IDR2.5trn. Sound Liquidity: IIGF's main risks - given the nature of its activities - are the guarantees it issues. These are off-balance sheet, so the company's liquidity is entirely invested in either short-term securities or bank deposits. Liquidity is in support of issued guarantees and IIGF has an estimated internal limit of total guarantees not exceeding 4x cash and investments and also limits exposures. IIGF says it can obtain a short-term facility from a bank if more liquidity is needed to meet called guarantees or it can approach the MoF for additional capital. IIGF's total paid-up capital from the MoF reached IDR6trn at end-2015 and is invested in liquid assets and securities held to maturity. RATING SENSITIVITIES An upgrade of Indonesia's sovereign ratings would trigger a rating upgrade, provided the linkages between IIGF and the state remain strong. A downgrade of Indonesia's sovereign ratings or a demotion in IIGF's status due to a dilution of its legal status or control by the sovereign could trigger a rating downgrade. Contact: Primary Analyst Saifeng Mao Associate Director + 852 2263 9983 Fitch (Hong Kong) Limited 19/F Man Yee Building 68 Des Voeux Road Central Hong Kong Secondary Analyst Fernando Mayorga Managing Director +34 93 323 87407 Committee Chairperson Guido Bach Senior Director +49 69 768076 111 Media Relations: Wai-Lun Wan, Hong Kong, Tel: +852 2263 9935, Email: wailun.wan@fitchratings.com. Additional information is available on www.fitchratings.com Applicable Criteria International Local and Regional Governments Rating Criteria - Outside the United States (pub. 18 Apr 2016) here Rating of Public-Sector Entities - Outside the United States (pub. 22 Feb 2016) here Additional Disclosures Dodd-Frank Rating Information Disclosure Form here _id=1010625 Solicitation Status here Endorsement Policy here ail=31 ALL FITCH CREDIT RATINGS ARE SUBJECT TO CERTAIN LIMITATIONS AND DISCLAIMERS. PLEASE READ THESE LIMITATIONS AND DISCLAIMERS BY FOLLOWING THIS LINK: here. 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