CRISIL assigned IPO Grade 3/5 to KNR Constructions

December 6, 2007

Leading credit rating agency, CRISIL assigned IPO Grade 3/5 (pronounced `three on five`) to the proposed initial public offer of KNR Constructions (KNRCL). The public issue of 7,874,570 equity shares of face value Rs 10 targeting an issue size in the range of Rs 1,500-Rs 1,750 million. This grade indicates that the fundamentals of the issue are average, in relation to other listed equity securities in India.

The grading reflects KNRCL`s strong track record of project execution in both roads construction and operations and maintenance (O&M). The company has executed many projects as part of the NHAI`s NHDP program and has had a 7-year relationship with Patel Engineering as a joint venture partner.

The KNR-Patel JV has won 10 road construction projects so far. These include two BOT annuity projects as a part of NHDP Phase II, the combined value of which is Rs 9.6 billion. As of September 2007, KNRCL`s order book stood at Rs 16.25 billion, of which the roads sector constituted 89%.

The grading is however constrained by the relatively underdeveloped state of the company`s operating system, which in turn, could constrain its ability to augment the size of its operations. The grading also reflects the uncertainties associated with company`s plans to diversify into the power generation and real estate sectors.


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