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Moody's raises outlook to stable for Seazen Group, subsidiaries

Moody's raised the outlook for Seazen Group Ltd. and subsidiaries Seazen Holdings Co. Ltd. and New Metro Global Ltd. to stable from negative.

The rating agency said Jan. 15 it also affirmed Seazen Group's Ba2 corporate family rating and Ba3 senior unsecured rating, as well as Seazen Holdings' Ba2 corporate family rating. It also affirmed its Ba2 backed senior unsecured rating for the bonds issued by New Metro Global and guaranteed by Seazen Holdings.

The stable outlook indicates improving liquidity at the companies and their ability to regain access to funding following the arrest of Wang Zhenhua, the largest shareholder and former chairman of Seazen Group, according to Kaven Tsang, a senior vice president at Moody's.

Seazen Holdings' corporate family rating reflects its strong sales execution, large-scale operation and the growing stream of recurring rental income from its retail malls.

Moody's believes that the two companies' cash holdings and operating cash flow will be sufficient to cover their maturing debt and committed land payments over the next 12-18 months.