Sanral welcomes Moody’s rating upgrade

2014-06-27 17:01

The SA National Roads Agency (Sanral) has welcomed Moody’s Investor Service’s upgrading of its rating outlook from negative to stable.

“This upgrade highlights the significant progress that has been made in restoring investor confidence,” Sanral CEO Nazir Alli said today.

“It is particularly welcome that Moody’s has singled out the success of good e-toll collections related to the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project as a key factor in its decision.”

The rating affirmation and outlook change were as a result of increased revenue due to e-toll collections, which increased Sanral’s total toll revenue from R2.1 billion in 2013 to R3.4 billion for the financial year ended March 31 2014.

Sanral said Moody’s had stated that it expected toll revenues to grow to R4.1 billion by 2015, of which R1.8 billion would be from the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project.

“This rating affirmation, but more especially the outlook change, would not have been possible without the public’s support, support from the companies, large and small, and the road users who have been doing the right thing by paying for the world-class roads,” said Alli.

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