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GCR affirms Quince Capital (Proprietary) Limited’s national scale credit rating at A(ZA), Stable O

Johannesburg, 23 August 2017 – Global Credit Ratings has affirmed the national scale ratings of A(ZA) and A1(ZA) accorded to Quince Capital (Proprietary) Limited in the long term and short term respectively; with the outlook accorded as Stable. Furthermore, Global Credit Ratings has affirmed the international scale local currency (LC) rating of Quince Capital (Proprietary) Limited at BB-; with the outlook accorded as Stable.

RATING RATIONALE

Quince Capital (Proprietary) Limited (“Quince Capital”, “the company”) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Johannesburg Stock Exchange (“JSE”) listed Reunert Limited (“Reunert”, “the group”). The accorded ratings reflect Quince Capital’s intrinsic credit strength based on the credit quality of its captive and established asset-based financing solutions to Reunert’s Information Communication Technologies (“ICT”) segment channels, experienced management, stable financial profile notwithstanding tough economic and credit conditions, robust capitalisation and returns, and the support from its group parent.

GCR considers Quince Capital to be strategically important to the group (providing revenue diversification and facilitation of ICT segment sales). The company receives support from Reunert in respect of capital (including debt funding and flexible dividend policy), funding, a captive pipeline, and shared services. As such, the company’s ratings receive uplift for extraordinary parental support, and are linked to an assessment of the group’s credit standing.

Credit extension moderated further, with average loan growth of 3.2% at FY16 (FY15: 8.3%), contributing to a 7.8% (FY15: 12.2%) increase in net interest income. Cost containment further supported earnings growth in FY16 offsetting the increase in credit costs. Overall, the company recorded a pre-tax profit growth of 11.2% for FY16 (FY15: 13.3%).

Despite stress in the South African economy, a slowdown in office automation sales, and rising competitive pressures, Quince Capital maintained strong internal capital generation, supporting solid capitalisation with a capital/assets ratio of 17.9% at FY16 (FY15: 17.5%). The company’s ROaA and ROaE increased to 4.2% (FY15: 3.9%) and 23.7% (FY15: 23.5%) in FY16 respectively.

Credit exposure is primarily to equipment rental end-users, or the rental contract originator (franchise/dealer), through full or partial recourse arrangements. Strong credit vetting/monitoring, a low-risk business model and high collateral resale values have historically kept credit losses modest and the company carries adequate provisions. The challenging operating environment has somewhat increased credit loss levels reported in FY16 (although reflecting a decline at 3Q FY17), but these remain within management’s targeted levels and are both fully collateralised, and covered by general provisions.

The company’s funding strategy aims to balance group financial advantages of using captive funding, against the diversification benefits of utilising a component of external funding. Since FY14, the company has availed itself of bank facilities, loans and interest rate swaps to manage funding, interest rate and liquidity risks. However, given Reunert’s highly liquid balance sheet, group funding was favoured during FY16.

The strong rating (including parental support) juxtaposed against the company’s modest size, limits the likelihood of rating increases in the medium term. Enhanced market position, and/or funding diversification would enhance the standalone credit profile. The ratings may be downgraded following a material deterioration in trading performance, credit quality, financial profile, or diminished support from and/or credit profile of the group.

NATIONAL SCALE RATINGS HISTORY   INTERNATIONAL SCALE RATINGS HISTORY
     
Initial rating (August 2013)   Initial rating (August 2013)
Long-term: A+(ZA), Short-term: A1(ZA)   International (LC): BBB-
Rating outlook: Stable   Rating outlook: Stable
     
Last rating (August 2016)   Last rating (May 2017)
Long-term: A(ZA), Short-term: A1(ZA)   International (LC): BB-
Rating outlook: Stable   Rating outlook: Stable

ANALYTICAL CONTACTS

Primary Analyst   Committee Chairperson
Jennifer Mwerenga   Omega Collocott
Senior Credit Analyst   Sector Head: Financial Institution Ratings
(011) 784-1771   (011) 784-1771
jennifer@globalratings.net   omegac@globalratings.net

APPLICABLE METHODOLOGIES AND RELATED RESEARCH

Global Criteria for Rating Banks and Other Financial Institutions, updated March 2017

Global Criteria for Rating Finance and Leasing Companies, updated March 2017

Quince Capital rating reports (2013-16)

RATING LIMITATIONS AND DISCLAIMERS

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SALIENT FEATURES OF ACCORDED RATINGS

GCR affirms that a.) no part of the rating was influenced by any other business activities of the credit rating agency; b.) the rating was based solely on the merits of the rated entity, security or financial instrument being rated; c.) such rating was an independent evaluation of the risks and merits of the rated entity, security or financial instrument; and d.) the validity of the rating is for a maximum of 12 months, or earlier as indicated by the applicable credit rating document.

Quince Capital (Proprietary) Limited participated in the rating process via face-to-face management meetings, teleconferences and other written correspondence. Furthermore, the quality of information received was considered adequate and has been independently verified where possible.

The credit ratings have been disclosed to Quince Capital (Proprietary) Limited with no contestation of the rating.

The information received from Quince Capital (Proprietary) Limited and other reliable third parties to accord the credit ratings included:

  • Audited financial results of the company to 30 September 2016 (plus four years of comparative numbers);
  • Audited financial results of the group to 30 September 2016 (plus four years of comparative numbers);
  • Interim financial results of the group to 31 March 2017;
  • Budgets for Quince Capital (Proprietary) Limited for FY17, and management accounts to 30 June 2017;
  • Latest internal and/or external audit reports to management;
  • A breakdown of facilities available and related counterparties; and
  • Corporate governance and enterprise risk framework.

The ratings above were solicited by, or on behalf of, Quince Capital (Proprietary) Limited, and therefore, GCR has been compensated for the provision of the ratings.

GLOSSARY OF TERMS/ACRONYMS USED IN THIS DOCUMENT AS PER GCR’S FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS GLOSSARY

Asset A resource with economic value that a company owns or controls with the expectation that it will provide future benefit.
Audit Report A written opinion of an auditor (attesting to the financial statements’ fairness and compliance with generally accepted accounting principles).
Balance Sheet Also known as a Statement of Financial Position. A statement of a company’s assets and liabilities provided for the benefit of shareholders and regulators. It gives a snapshot at a specific point in time of the assets the company holds and how they have been financed.
Budget Financial plan that serves as an estimate of future cost, revenues or both.
Capital The sum of money that is invested to generate proceeds.
Collateral Asset provided to a creditor as security for a loan.
Corporate Governance Refers to the mechanisms, processes and relations by which corporations are controlled and directed, and is used to ensure the effectiveness, accountability and transparency of an entity to its stakeholders.
Credit Rating An opinion regarding the creditworthiness of an entity, a security or financial instrument, or an issuer of securities or financial instruments, using an established and defined ranking system of rating categories.
Credit Rating Agency An entity that provides credit rating services.
Debt An obligation to repay a sum of money. More specifically, it is funds passed from a creditor to a debtor in exchange for interest and a commitment to repay the principal in full on a specified date or over a specified period.
Diversification Spreading risk by constructing a portfolio that contains different investments, whose returns are relatively uncorrelated. The term also refers to companies which move into markets or products that bear little relation to ones they already operate in.
Dividend The portion of a company’s after-tax earnings that is distributed to shareholders.
Downgrade The assignment of a lower credit rating to a company or sovereign borrower’s debt by a credit rating agency. Opposite of upgrade.
Exposure Exposure is the amount of risk the holder of an asset or security is faced with as a consequence of holding the security or asset. For a company, its exposure may relate to a particular product class or customer grouping. Exposure may also arise from an overreliance on one source of funding.
Financial Institution An entity that focuses on dealing with financial transactions, such as investments, loans and deposits.
Interest Scheduled payments made to a creditor in return for the use of borrowed money. The size of the payments will be determined by the interest rate, the amount borrowed or principal and the duration of the loan.
Interest Rate The charge or the return on an asset or debt expressed as a percentage of the price or size of the asset or debt. It is usually expressed on an annual basis.
International Scale Rating LC International local currency (International LC) ratings measure the likelihood of repayment in the currency of the jurisdiction in which the issuer is domiciled. Therefore, the rating does not take into account the possibility that it will not be able to convert local currency into foreign currency or make transfers between sovereign jurisdictions.
Liquidity The speed at which assets can be converted to cash. It can also refer to the ability of a company to service its debt obligations due to the presence of liquid assets such as cash and its equivalents. Market liquidity refers to the ease with which a security can be bought or sold quickly and in large volumes without substantially affecting the market price. 
Liquidity Risk The risk that a company may not be able to meet its financial obligations or other operational cash requirements due to an inability to timeously realise cash from its assets. Regarding securities, the risk that a financial instrument cannot be traded at its market price due to the size, structure or efficiency of the market.
Long-Term Not current; ordinarily more than one year.
Long-Term Rating Reflects an issuer’s ability to meet its financial obligations over the following three to five year period, including interest payments and debt redemptions. This encompasses an evaluation of the organisation’s current financial position, as well as how the position may change in the future with regard to meeting longer term financial obligations.
National Scale Rating Provides a relative measure of creditworthiness for rated entities only within the country concerned. Under this rating scale, a ‘AAA’ long term national scale rating will typically be assigned to the lowest relative risk within that country, which in most cases will be the sovereign state.
Provision The amount set aside or deducted from operating income to cover expected or identified loan losses.
Rating Outlook Indicates the potential direction of a rated entity’s rating over the medium term, typically one to two years. An outlook may be defined as: ‘Stable’ (nothing to suggest that the rating will change), ‘Positive’ (the rating symbol may be raised), ‘Negative’ (the rating symbol may be lowered) or ‘Evolving’ (the rating symbol may be raised or lowered).
Recourse The right to demand payment/collect from the maker or endorser of a negotiable instrument.
Risk The chance of future uncertainty (i.e. deviation from expected earnings or an expected outcome) that will have an impact on objectives.
Security An asset deposited or pledged as a guarantee of the fulfilment of an undertaking or the repayment of a loan, to be forfeited in case of default.
Short-Term Current; ordinarily less than one year.
Short-Term Rating An opinion of an issuer’s ability to meet all financial obligations over the upcoming 12 month period, including interest payments and debt redemptions.
Stock Exchange A market with a trading-floor or a screen-based system where members buy and sell securities.
Swap An exchange of payment streams between two parties for their mutual benefit. Swaps can involve an exchange of debt obligations, interest payments or currencies, with a commitment to re-exchange them at a specified time.

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GCR affirms Quince Capital (Proprietary) Limited’s national scale credit rating at A(ZA), Stable Outlook

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