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VIS Assigns Initial Ratings to Arshad Corporation (Pvt.) Limited

Karachi, April 03, 2019: VIS Credit Rating Company Limited (VIS) has assigned initial entity ratings of ‘BBB+/A-2’ (Triple B-Plus /A-Two) to Arshad Corporation (Pvt.) Limited (ACL). The medium to long-term rating of ‘BBB+’ denotes adequate credit quality coupled with reasonable protection factors. Moreover, risk factors are considered variable if changes occur in the economy. The short-term rating of ‘A-2’ denotes good certainty of timely payments. Liquidity factors and company fundamentals are considered sound. Outlook on the assigned ratings is ‘Stable’.

ACL is an export-oriented composite textile unit and primarily operates four business segments, including grey fabric, fabric processing, garments and home textile made-ups. The U.S. and Europe are primary target markets and account for 80% of total sales. Shareholding of the company is held by sponsoring family, who have been in the industry since 1954. The assigned ratings take into account ample experience of sponsors, established relations with the suppliers and customers, and integrated operations. ACL is one of few industry players in Pakistan who have capabilities to manufacture service uniforms. The ratings also factor in maintenance of adequate margins over the years. Being primarily an export oriented company, recent rupee devaluation also bodes well for the profitability. However, the ratings are constrained by strong competition from local and regional textile players and vulnerability to changes in yarn and fabric prices amidst lack of pricing power. The ratings also incorporate relatively high leverage indicators and cash conversion cycle, though ACL’s capacity to meet its long-term financial obligations is considered adequate.

For further information on this rating announcement, please contact undersigned or Mr. Maimoon Rasheed at 021-35311861-70/042-35723411 or fax to 021-35311872-3.

Javed Callea

VIS Entity Rating Criteria Industrial Corporate (May 2016)

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