Kenes Rakishev’s company, Fincraft, pursues a complex systemic policy to increase liquidity and refinancing. The purpose of the conceived program is to improve the company’s health and liquidate assets that are not relevant to Kenes Rakishev.
S&P Global Ratings has left the long-term credit rating “BB-” and the rating on the national scale “kzA-” of Rakishev’s Fincraft Group LLP on the CreditWatch list with negative expectations, in which they were placed on May 24, 2022.
Fincraft has developed a plan to refinance its bonds maturing in 2023. The Group intends to redeem about 50% of the bonds in circulation at the expense of funds provided by Kenes Rakishev, the owner, and to refinance the remaining debt at the expense of proceeds from a new three-year issue of debt obligations. As far as S&P knows, Fincraft has completed preliminary negotiations with investors, but work on the refinancing plan is still ongoing.
The owner intends to transfer profitable assets to Fincraft. During 2022, Kenes Rakishev intends to transfer 50% of the shares of the raw materials business to the group. As S&P understands, although this business will require additional investments, it will still be able to provide a certain free cash flow, which, if necessary, can be used by Fincraft.
Fincraft’s liquidity indicators will remain low even after refinancing, S&P estimates. Despite the fact that the new assets should slightly improve the group’s ability to generate cash flows, the extent of this improvement is not yet obvious. Fincraft is likely to have a small amount of available cash and some income from investments, however, it is likely to continue to partially rely on proceeds from the sale of relatively illiquid assets to finance operating activities. S&P will continue to monitor the dynamics of Fincraft’s cash flows and whether their volume is sufficient to meet the company’s needs.
Placing Fincraft ratings on the CreditWatch Negative list reflects the high probability that we will downgrade the ratings, possibly by several steps in the next 90 days, if the company’s liquidity indicators deteriorate, S&P concludes.
S&P Global Ratings may downgrade Fincraft ratings if:
- The company will not make progress in securing refinancing of its debt due in 2023.;
- S&P Global Ratings will assess the group’s liquidity indicators after refinancing as very weak based on the cash flow test, if at the same time the group continues to rely on proceeds from the sale of assets to finance its current activities.
S&P Global Ratings will remove the ratings from the CreditWatch list and confirm them in the next 90 days if Fincraft successfully refinances its debt obligations and the transfer of assets to the company by its shareholders is completed. Confirmation of the company’s ratings will also depend on the sufficiency of cash flows from the transferred assets.
Kenes Rakishev sells some shares and subsidiaries
Earlier, Kenes Rakishev held a sale of Fincraft Group shares. The Fincraft Group company, owned by businessman Kenes Rakishev, has ceased to own 9.46289% of the shares of the Fincraft Resources industrial holding since September 14 of this year, according to data from the Kazakhstan Stock Exchange (KASE). The group retained 76% of the total share of Fincraft Resources securities (formerly SAT&Company).
The document does not specify to whom the stake was sold. On December 30, 2021, Fincraft Group Holding acquired 94.35% of Fincraft Resources common shares from Kenes Rakishev. Thus, as of December 31, 2021, Fincraft Group owned a 94.35% stake in the company, Kenes Rakishev – 3.51% and other investors – 2.14%. On January 26, 2022, the investment holding offered the remaining shareholders of Fincraft Resources to sell their common shares at 0.47 tenge apiece. By April 1, according to KASE, the share of Fincraft Resources shareholders was as follows: Fincraft Group – 88.15%, VOLVER COMPANY LLP – 6.22%, others – 5.63%. Fincraft Resources also has preferred shares, according to the company, as of June 30, they were owned by UAPF – 66.98% and Kenes Rakishev – 33.02%. Fincraft Group is a holding company working in three directions: investments, implementation of development projects, venture financing. Kenes Rakishev is its only participant. By the end of 2021, the company recorded a loss of 180 billion tenge compared to a net profit of 4.4 billion tenge a year earlier. Revenue has tripled over the past year and amounted to 26.12 billion tenge. The company’s assets in 2021 fell by 1.75 times, to 288.7 billion tenge. At the end of the year, liabilities also decreased: in 2021, they decreased by 15.9% and reached 131.69 billion tenge.
Kenes Rakishev’s non-crucial assets sold
Fincraft Group has a number of assets, including Kazakhstan’s BTA. Fincraft Group also owns BTA Bank in Ukraine and Belarus, as well as companies in Cyprus, Russia, Kazakhstan, etc. Last year, Fincraft Group sold a 100% stake in Nord Star. In October 2021, the fintech company Kaspi announced that it had signed an agreement to acquire 100% of the shares of BTA Bank Ukraine.
It was reported that the deal will be closed in the first half of 2022. However, as of June 30, Fincraft Group is still listed as a shareholder of the bank. The company also sold shares of the Ukrainian insurance company NASK “Oranta” LLC “NS-Finance”. Fincraft Resources is an industrial holding company operating in the mining industry and metallurgy. The total loss of the company amounted to 4.4 billion tenge by the end of 2021. Its assets amounted to 35.2 billion tenge, liabilities – 22.4 billion tenge.
Source: Warsaw Point