Product Quantum (Rs. Cr) Long Term Rating Short Term Rating
Bank Loan Ratings 12.00 ACUITE BB+ | Stable | Reaffirmed -
Bank Loan Ratings 29.50 - ACUITE A4+ | Reaffirmed
Total Outstanding 41.50 - -
Rating Rationale

Acuité has reaffirmed its long-term rating of 'ACUITE BB+' (read as ACUITE double B plus) and its short-term rating of 'ACUITE A4+' (read as ACUITE A four plus) on the Rs.41.50 crore bank facilities of Santhosh Buildwel Infra Private Limited (SBIPL). The outlook is 'Stable'.

Rationale for rating assigned.
The rating reaffirmation takes into account the extensive experience of the management in the constructions business along with long track record of operations company. The rating also factors in the healthy order book position of the company providing steady revenue visibility over the medium term and the average financial risk profile. Furthermore, the rating also considers the fact that the company closely works with the Karnataka Government housing board, irrigation department and undertakes their projects. The rating is however constrained on account of modest scale along with highly working capital-intensive nature of operations and tender based competitive nature of industry.


About the Company
Incorporated in 2009, Santhosh Buildwel Infra Private Limited (SBIPL) is an construction company and undertakes civil construction projects for roads, buildings, irrigation, and other infrastructure projects on behalf of various departments of Government of Karnataka as well as private institutions. The company is a part of the Talampally group of companies and specializes in construction of High-rise Buildings, Roads, Bridges, Dams, Canals, Flyovers, Airports, Railway tracks and Housing layout.
Unsupported Rating
­Not Applicable
Analytical Approach
­Acuite has considered standalone business and financial risk profile of Santhosh Buildwell Infra Private Limited (SBIPL).
Key Rating Drivers

Experienced management and long track record of operations
SBIPL commenced operations from 2009 and is promoted by its directors, Mr. Dhanraj Shivalingappa Talampally, Mr. Santoshkumar Talampally, and Mr. Devaraj Talampally. The company is a part of Talampally group which was started in 1999 with establishment of Basavakalyan College of Engineering followed by Basavakalyan College of D.Ed & ITI. Currently, Talampally group is diversified into a host of business ventures relating to construction, rubber, bricks, tiles etc. The company majorly undertakes projects from Karnataka Government housing board, and irrigation department under its auspices and has taken up projects such as construction of roads, irrigation, housing & has recently laid the foundation for a polytechnic college in Bidar. The promoters’ extensive experience is also reflected through the healthy order book position of the firm of around Rs.216.59 Cr. as on January 2024 which forms 4.5 times of FY2023 revenues providing revenue visibility for the firm over the medium term.
Acuité believes that the promoters' extensive experience will help the firm to maintain longstanding relations with its customers and is expected to support its business risk profile over the medium term.

Average financial risk profile
The financial risk profile of the SBIPL remains average marked by modest net worth and debt coverage indicators. The gearing stood comfortable at 0.53 times as on March 31, 2023, against 0.65 times as on March 31, 2022. The debt-equity is expected to further improve in absence of any additional borrowings. The coverage indicators stood moderate as reflected with interest coverage ratio of 2.51 times for FY2023 against 2.90 times in FY2022 and DSCR of 1.50 times in FY2023 against 1.01 times in FY2022.

Modest scale of operations
The scale of operations though increased by ~18% in FY23 to Rs. 49.59 Cr. as against 41.81 Cr. in FY22, continues to remain modest. In 10MFY24, the company has reported revenues of 46.59 Cr. SBIPL reported operating margins of 12.32 % in FY2023 against 11.20 percent in FY2022 and 10.98 percent in FY2021. Operating margins in 10MFY2024 improved to 11.97 % (provisional) due to better margins in some contracts. Further, the PAT on absolute levels stood at Rs. 2.55 Cr. in FY23 against 2.15 Cr. in FY2022 with PAT margins stable at 5.15%.

Intensive working capital cycle
SBIPL’s working capital cycle is intensive marked by higher GCA of 251 days and 214 days during FY2023 and FY2022 respectively. The working capital cycle is dominated majorly by higher inventory days of 139 and 87 days respectively. Further, the debtor days stood at around 60 days in FY2023 against 51 days in FY2022.  Further, the company needs to deposit around 5% of the project value in the form of Earnest money deposit apart from the retention money and security deposit which is received after completion of the project. This increases the company's dependence on external borrowings reflected by high bank limit utilization of ~70 percent for 12 months’ period ended January 2024. Acuité believes SBIPL’s ability to improve its working capital cycle will remain a key rating sensitivity factor.

Tender based business along with competitive and fragmented industry
SBIPL's major business is bagged through open tenders. Hence, the revenue earned is directly dependent upon the quantum of contracts bagged and executed during the year. Risk becomes more pronounced as tendering is based on minimum amount of biding of contracts. Company has to do tendering on competitive prices; this may affect the profitability of the firm. Moreover, the infrastructure sector is marked by the presence of various mid to big size players. It might face intense competition from the other players in the sectors. Risk becomes more pronounced as tendering is based on minimum amount of biding of contracts. However, this risk is mitigated to an extent as management has been operating in this industry for more than a decade.
Rating Sensitivities
  • Timely execution of the pending order book
  • ?Significant improvement in scale of operations while maintaining profitability.
  • Any further stretch in working capital cycle leading to deterioration in the credit profile and the overall liquidity position.
Liquidity Position
The liquidity remains adequate as reflected by NCA for FY2023 stood at Rs. 2.90 Cr. against debt obligations of around Rs. 1.10 Cr. However, with certain loans being paid off, the cushion between NCA and repayments is expected to improve in the coming years in absence of any additional debt. The NCA/TD stood low at 0.24 times in FY2023 and 0.19 times in FY2022. The bank limits have remained utilised at around 70 percent for last 12 months ended Jan 2024.   ??????
Outlook: Stable
Acuité believes that SBIPL will maintain a 'Stable' outlook over the medium term owing to its experienced management and long track record of operations. The outlook may be revised to 'Positive' if there is substantial and sustained improvement in company's operating income and profitability, while maintaining its working capital cycle and liquidity. Conversely, the outlook may be revised to 'Negative' in case of weakening of its liquidity profile and debt protection metrics
Other Factors affecting Rating

Particulars Unit FY 23 (Actual) FY 22 (Actual)
Operating Income Rs. Cr. 49.59 41.81
PAT Rs. Cr. 2.55 2.15
PAT Margin (%) 5.15 5.15
Total Debt/Tangible Net Worth Times 0.53 0.65
PBDIT/Interest Times 2.51 2.90
Status of non-cooperation with previous CRA (if applicable)
Not Applicable
Any other information
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Date Name of Instruments/Facilities Term Amount (Rs. Cr) Rating/Outlook
05 Jan 2023 Bank Guarantee (BLR) Short Term 5.50 ACUITE A4+ (Assigned)
Bank Guarantee (BLR) Short Term 24.00 ACUITE A4+ (Assigned)
Cash Credit Long Term 4.00 ACUITE BB+ | Stable (Assigned)
Cash Credit Long Term 8.00 ACUITE BB+ | Stable (Assigned)

Lender’s Name ISIN Facilities Date Of Issuance Coupon Rate Maturity Date Quantum
(Rs. Cr.)
Complexity Level Rating
State Bank of India Not avl. / Not appl. Bank Guarantee (BLR) Not avl. / Not appl. Not avl. / Not appl. Not avl. / Not appl. 5.50 Simple ACUITE A4+ | Reaffirmed
Canara Bank Not avl. / Not appl. Bank Guarantee (BLR) Not avl. / Not appl. Not avl. / Not appl. Not avl. / Not appl. 24.00 Simple ACUITE A4+ | Reaffirmed
State Bank of India Not avl. / Not appl. Cash Credit Not avl. / Not appl. Not avl. / Not appl. Not avl. / Not appl. 4.00 Simple ACUITE BB+ | Stable | Reaffirmed
Canara Bank Not avl. / Not appl. Cash Credit Not avl. / Not appl. Not avl. / Not appl. Not avl. / Not appl. 8.00 Simple ACUITE BB+ | Stable | Reaffirmed


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