The credit rating of JSC «LC «Europlan» (hereinafter, Europlan, or the Company) is based on the strong assessment of the business profile, capital adequacy, and risk profile, and the adequate funding and liquidity position.
Europlan is a leading motor lease company operating a large branch network covering all federal districts of the Russian Federation. The Company is focused on financial lease services provided primarily to small and medium-sized enterprises with respect to passenger, cargo, commercial vehicles, and construction machinery. The largest beneficiary of the Company is Said Gutseriev, who owns 58.79% of shares through PJSC “SAFMAR Financial Investments” (hereinafter, the Supporting Institution); around 40% of shares are owned by other shareholders of the Supporting Organization.
Key rating assessment factors
Europlan’s strong business profile is based on the high quality of corporate governance and risk management, which have contributed to the effective implementation of corporate strategy and financial performance outpacing peers over a long period of time. The leasing portfolio diversification is high (the 30 largest clients account for no more than 10% of the leasing portfolio); at the same time, the concentration on leased items (cars and trucks) is assessed as significant (passenger and cargo vehicles account for 89% of the portfolio), which, however, is offset by the high liquidity thereof. The Company’s transactions with related parties are minimal.
Europlan’s stable capital position is primarily based on the availability of a substantial loss absorption buffer, given the high capital adequacy ratio (CAR) at 17.8% as of September 30, 2020 as well as the Company’s strong capital generation capacity without any external injections (the averaged capital generation ratio (ACGR) was around 470 bps in the last five years, taking into account the RUB 2.8 bln dividend paid out in 2020).
The strong risk profile assessment is possible primarily by virtue of the high quality of the leasing portfolio where potentially problem debt, in ACRA’s opinion, equals 2.2% (based on analysis of the 30 largest lessees) including the share of NPL90+, which remains at 0.03% of the portfolio. The industry concentration of the leasing portfolio is acceptable. There are no investments in non-core assets booked on the Company’s balance sheet. Market and operational risks are negligible.
The adequate funding and liquidity position is based on Europlan’s actual low refinancing needs with respect to the current obligations in the next 24 months, which is confirmed by the capability to timely repay and service the existing debt even if there is no new business. At the same time, owing to its business specifics, the Company can promptly respond to changes in economic trends that influence the effective demand for the leasing items offered. The Company’s top funding source is bank loans (47% of liabilities and equity); issued securities represent 27% of liabilities and equity. The funding assessment is constrained by a relatively high concentration of liabilities on the five largest creditors (43%, including 17% on the largest creditor), as well as the somewhat elevated need of the Company to raise emergency liquidity in ACRA’s stress scenario. The latter, however, is offset by the very high financial strength of the top creditor and availability of substantial credit facilities.
- No changes to the business model within the 12 to 18-month horizon;
- Business growth rates of 15%–20% in 2020–2021;
- CAR of at least 15% within the 12 to 18-month horizon.
Potential outlook or rating change factors
The Stable outlook assumes that the rating will most likely stay unchanged within the 12 to 18-month horizon.
A positive rating action may be prompted by:
- Substantial growth in the financial stability of the Company’s related parties;
- Significantly lower resource base concentration on the largest creditors.
A negative rating action may be prompted by:
- Substantial deterioration in the financial standing of the Supporting Organization or related entities of the Company and the accompanying risk of liquidity outflow in their favor;
- Substantial CAR decrease due to active business growth, dividend payments or increase in the cost of risk;
- Significantly deteriorating quality of the leasing portfolio;
- Negative changes in liquidity position.
JSC «LC «Europlan», certified exchange-traded interest-bearing non-convertible unregistered bond subject to mandatory deposit, BO-08 series (ISIN RU000A0ZZBV2), maturity date: June 20, 2028, issue volume: RUB 5 bln — А+(RU).
JSC «LC «Europlan», certified exchange-traded interest-bearing non-convertible unregistered bond subject to mandatory deposit, BO-05 series (RU000A1004K1), maturity date: February 14, 2029, issue volume: RUB 3 bln — A+(RU).
JSC «LC «Europlan», certified exchange-traded interest-bearing non-convertible unregistered bond subject to mandatory deposit, BO-06 series (RU000A100DG5), maturity date: May 15, 2029, issue volume: RUB 3 bln — A+(RU).
JSC «LC «Europlan», certified exchange-traded interest-bearing non-convertible unregistered bond subject to mandatory deposit, BO-03 series (RU000A100W60), maturity date: September 20, 2029, issue volume: RUB 5 bln — A+(RU).
Rationale. The issues listed above represent senior unsecured debt of Europlan. Due to the absence of either structural or contractual subordination of the issues, ACRA regards them as pari passu with other existing and future unsecured and unsubordinated debt obligations of the Company. According to ACRA’s methodology, the repayment level of unsecured debt belongs to category II; therefore, the credit ratings of the issues are equivalent to that of «Europlan», i.e. A+(RU).
The credit ratings have been assigned to JSC «LC «Europlan» and the bonds (ISIN RU000A0ZZBV2, RU000A1004K1, RU000A100DG5, RU000A100W60) issued by JSC «LC «Europlan» under the national scale for the Russian Federation based on the Methodology for Assigning Credit Ratings to Leasing Companies under the National Scale for the Russian Federation, the Methodology for Analyzing Member Company Relationships within Corporate Groups, and the Key Concepts Used by the Analytical Credit Rating Agency Within the Scope of Its Rating Activities. The Methodology for Assigning Credit Ratings to Individual Issues of Financial Instruments Under the National Scale for the Russian Federation was also applied to assign credit ratings to the above issues.
The credit ratings of JSC «LC «Europlan» and the bonds (ISIN RU000A0ZZBV2, RU000A1004K1, RU000A100DG5, RU000A100W60) issued by JSC «LC «Europlan» were published by ACRA for the first time on December 28, 2017, July 3, 2018, February 27, 2019, May 28, 2019, and October 2, 2019, respectively. The credit rating and credit rating outlook of JSC «LC «Europlan» and the credit ratings of the bonds (ISIN RU000A0ZZBV2, RU000A1004K1, RU000A100DG5, RU000A100W60) issued by JSC «LC «Europlan» are expected to be revised within one year following the publication date of this press release. The credit rating and credit rating outlook of JSC «LC «Europlan» and the credit ratings of the bonds (ISIN RU000A0ZZBV2, RU000A1004K1, RU000A100DG5, RU000A100W60) issued by JSC «LC «Europlan» are expected to be revised within one year following the publication date of this press release.
The credit ratings were assigned based on the data provided by JSC «LC «Europlan», information from publicly available sources, as well as ACRA’s own databases. The rating analysis was performed using the IFRS consolidated statements of JSC «LC «Europlan» and the statements of JSC «LC «Europlan» drawn up in compliance with RAS. The credit ratings are solicited, and JSC «LC «Europlan» participated in their assignment.
No material discrepancies between the provided data and the data officially disclosed by JSC «LC «Europlan» in its financial statements have been discovered.
ACRA provided no additional services to JSC «LC «Europlan». No conflicts of interest were discovered in the course of credit rating assignment.