Karachi, June 30, 2009: JCR-VIS Credit Rating Company Limited (JCR-VIS) has reaffirmed the entity ratings of JDW Sugar Mills Limited (JDW) at ‘A-/A-2’ (Single A Minus / A-Two) and the rating of the company’s Rs. 1.7b TFC issue at ‘A’ (Single A). Outlook on these ratings is ‘Stable’.
The ratings reflect JDW’s unique position in the sugar industry emanating from its association with a backward integrated group leading to synergic benefits. The company is strategically located in the vicinity of related corporate farms and otherwise also in the heart of the sugarcane cultivation zone. The company has benefited from these facts, which is evident from its strong performance over the years. At the same time, while emphasizing on supply side dynamics, the company has been able to maintain consistently high sucrose recovery rates (FY2008: 10.16%, FY2007: 10.35%) despite crop damage due to frost during FY08. Currently, the associated corporate farms provide about 20% of the sugarcane, which is likely to increase as the group is securing more land for cultivation.
The management plans to consolidate the company’s operations while merging with United Sugar Mills Limited, a subsidiary company. While maintaining healthy cash flows, this is likely to help in reducing the company’s gearing levels. Meanwhile, in order to mitigate risk at the group level, the sponsors intend to diversify in other business areas.
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