Moody's has assigned first-time issuer ratings to Saudi Real Estate Refinance Company (SRC) of A2.
SRC's baa3 BCA reflects the company's solid asset quality and strong capitalization which are moderated by a still evolving profitability profile, high reliance on wholesale funding, concentrated exposure to the relatively new mortgage market in Saudi Arabia, and low levels of liquidity.
The Company announced that this high rating comes as a result of its continuous work to provide the necessary liquidity in the housing sector in the Kingdom, in a way that contributes to increasing the ownership of Saudi families and boosting the confidence of local and international investors in the Saudi market.
The Saudi Real Estate Refinance Company was established in 2017 to develop the Saudi housing finance market by enabling originators to offer homebuyers long- and short-term financing solutions.
SRC is solely owned by the Saudi government through the Public Investment Fund and is licensed to operate in the secondary real estate market by the Saudi Central Bank.
The Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs and Housing and Chairman of SRC Majed al-Hogail said that the SRC was established by the Public Investment Fund (PIF) to become an integral part of the Kingdom’s housing ecosystem and has played a vital role in supporting the development of a secondary mortgage market over the last three years.
These high corporate credit ratings illustrate SRC’s efforts, the collective strength of Saudi Arabia’s housing ecosystem, which is in line with Vision 2030’s objectives to raise homeownership rates in Saudi Arabia.
SRC’s financing portfolio reached SAR6.5 billion in 2020 from SAR2.2 billion in 2019, and in March 2021 it successfully issued SAR4 billion domestic Sukuk guaranteed by the Kingdom that was oversubscribed.
SRC CEO Fabrice Susini explained that SRC has steadily focused on its mission and on achieving its central goals, welcoming these high corporate credit ratings, which showcase the strength of the business model, the adaptability of the industry, and the strong ecosystem supported by government initiatives including Vision 2030’s housing program.
“These ratings will support SRC’s efforts in fulfilling its ambitious goals and boosting local and international investors' confidence, in the standards and viability of the Saudi real estate industry and its stakeholders,” he indicated.