HONG KONG, 4 November 2019 – Lianhe Ratings Global Limited (“Lianhe Global”), an international credit rating company, has affirmed ‘BBB-’ global scale Long-term Issuer Credit Rating to Liangshan Development (Holdings) Group Co., Ltd. (“LDHG”). The Outlook is Stable.
Lianhe Global has also affirmed ‘BBB-’ global scale Long-term Issuance Credit Rating to the senior unsecured USD bonds issued by LDHG’s wholly-owned subsidiary Liang Shan International Development Limited, which is unconditionally and irrevocably guaranteed by LDHG.
The Issuer Rating reflects a high possibility that Sichuan’s Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture (“Liangshan”) would provide strong support to LDHG if needed, in light of the Liangshan government’s majority ownership in LDHG, the high strategic importance of LDHG to Liangshan and the strong linkage between the Liangshan government and LDHG, including management supervision and strategic alignment. In addition, the Liangshan government may face significant adverse impact on its reputation, and business and financing activities should LDHG encounter any operational or financial difficulties.
The Stable Outlook reflects our expectation that LDHG’s strategic importance would remain intact while the Liangshan government will continue to ensure LDHG’s stable operation. The Liangshan government has provided ongoing strong support to LDHG, including asset and capital injections, financial subsidies, preferential tax policies, etc.