Fitch Ratings, the international rating agency, said today
that the proposed share buyback programme of RIL will
not have any impact on the company's AAA (ind) / 'stable'
rating. The outflow on account of the buyback is capped
at Rs30 billion and constitutes less than 10 per cent
of the company's net worth on 31st March 2004. Fitch expects
the financial profile of the company to remain consistent
with the rating assigned, consequent to implementation
of the buyback programme, as announced.
Fitch has also taken note of the recent developments on
RIL's ownership and believes these are unlikely to affect
the company's operations immediately. Nevertheless, they
are a distraction for RIL's management and therefore an
early resolution of the emerging issues is desirable.
Fitch will continue to monitor the developments.
has historically maintained a conservative capital structure
with a Debt / equity of 0.62 and Debt / EBITDA of 1.9
in FY04. RIL's net turnover and net profits in FY04 increased
13 per cent to Rs518 billion and 26 per cent to Rs51.6
billion respectively. In the half year ended September
2004, RIL reported a 23 per cent increase in net turnover
to Rs336 billion and a 35 per cent increase in net profits
to Rs32 billion.
current upturn in the refining and petrochemical margins
resulted in both the businesses showing significantly
higher segmental profits. Inspite of higher and volatile
crude prices during the period, the petrochemical business
showed healthy volume growth.
Though RIL has a large capex plan of about Rs350 billion
over the next five years, it is likely to be funded primarily
with internal accruals.