Agusto & Co. assigns an “A-” rating to Wemabod Limited with a stable outlook
Agusto & Co. assigns an “A-” rating to Wemabod Limited (“Wemabod” or “the Company”). The rating reflects Wemabod’s good operating cash flows supported by the relative stability in its earnings and strong average occupancy rate of nearly 90% across its portfolio of commercial, industrial, and residential properties. The rating further considers the Company’s diversified income stream that has continued to support revenue growth, and its unique project financing strategy that has helped to keep its leverage low.
Wemabod Limited is a real estate and property development company with a diversified portfolio of commercial, industrial, and residential properties across major cities in Nigeria. The Company is the real estate arm of Odu’a Investment Company Limited (“the Odu’a Group”) – a conglomerate owned and controlled by the former Western States of Nigeria (now Oyo, Ogun, Ondo, Osun, Ekiti and recently added Lagos State). Wemabod owns some of the iconic commercial properties in Lagos including Western House, Investment House, Unity House, Lapal House and Awolowo House. The Company’s primary focus has been on property development and acquisition with the view to generating rental income. However, there has been a shift in Wemabod’s strategy with increased investments in new properties as well as renovation of existing commercial buildings in a bid to improve their attractiveness and occupancy rate.