The credit profile of East Rand Water Care Company (ERWAT, Ba1 stable) reflects the company’s close financial and operational links with its support provider, the City of Ekurhuleni (Baa3 stable), which guaranteed 91% of the company’s debt as of 30 June 2018, as well as its legal status as a public-sector entity. The profile also reflects the company’s good financial performance, track record of adhering to budget plans and its deteriorating liquidity.
ERWAT Credit Strengths
- Strong support and close supervision from the City of Ekurhuleni
- Public legal status and close integration with City of Ekurhuleni
- Strong financial performance and conservative governance and management
ERWAT Credit Challenges
- Very high debt, though this is likely to continue to decline over the next three years
- Weakening liquidity
- Limited prospects for business diversification and expansion
ERWAT Rating Outlook
The stable rating outlook reflects our expectation that ERWAT will maintain its good financial performance and its debt will continue to decline gradually over the next three years, as its capital expansion plan will be financed by internally generated funds and capital transfers from its support provider.
In accordance with the government’s pronouncement of the nation-wide lockdown, all of ERWAT’s Water Care Works (WCWs) remain operational during this period.
The water sector is classified under essential services, meaning that ERWAT could keep our physical premises (plants) open. In view of the regulations by Government regarding Level 5 and 4 of the lockdown, the company implemented a work-from-home strategy for office staff to help ‘flatten the curve’ of coronavirus infections.
The Scientific Services Department (Laboratory) works on a reduced staff complement and rotates staff members to deliver services.
During this period, stakeholders and suppliers are requested to make necessary arrangements when coming to the office to ensure that someone is available to assist.
ERWAT will once again be exhibiting at the African Utility Week Conference and Exhibition from 12 to 14 May 2020 at the CTICC in Cape Town. The African Utility Week (AUW) is the leading conference and trade exhibition for African power, energy and water professionals.
You are invited to visit ERWAT at stand number E25 where we can discuss our services and possible solutions to your water problems.
Mining News Editor Mpinane Senkhane speaks to Mr Tumelo Gopane, Managing Director, ERWAT, about the company’s plans to enter the mining industry. ERWAT will now assist mines with their water issues including water reclamation, re-treatment and recycling.
Managing Director of the East Rand Water Care Company Mr Tumelo Gopane, chats about the value of using waste water as a potable water source, the need for leak detection, metering and the escalating cost of water.
The Ba1/Aa3.za global and national scale long-term issuer ratings of East Rand Water Care Company (ERWAT) reflect its close financial and operational links with its support provider, Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality (Baa3/Aaa.za), which guaranteed 92% [...]
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