Updated analytical report on Forrás Nyrt.
The issuer rating on Forrás, a Budapest-based industrial and real estate investment holding, is supported by i) its record of over 20 years in the sourcing, development and sale of manufacturing companies and real estate projects over several asset classes in Hungary; ii) the significant profit potential from the 20 recently (2021) acquired solar parks and those newly built and operational since June 2022; and iii) hidden reserves in the real estate portfolio that translate into moderate leverage and an additional liquidity source.
The issuer rating is mainly constrained by total cost coverage, which is expected to remain below 1.0x until 2023, when it improves in line with increasing dividend income from the newly acquired solar parks and other acquisitions in the sector. Other rating constraints are the company’s lack of size and scope in the industrial and real estate segments, and its potentially high cash flow volatility due to the investment focus on solar power production. The complex corporate structure incorporating a variety of businesses, consolidation forms and financing structures, combined with key person risk (ESG factor: credit-negative) and a lack of long-term investment strategy, limits visibility on future cash flow.
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