Press Release

VIS Assigns Rating to the Proposed Sukuk Instrument of Saqadat Limited

Karachi, December 13, 2019: VIS Credit Rating Company Limited (VIS) has assigned preliminary instrument rating of single ‘A’ (Single A) to the proposed secured, privately placed, long-term Islamic certificates (Sukuk) of Sadaqat Limited (SL). The medium to long-term rating of ‘A’ denotes good credit quality coupled with adequate protection factors. Moreover, risk factors may vary with possible changes in the economy. Outlook on the assigned ratings is ‘Stable’. Rating will be finalized upon review of signed legal documents.

SL is one of the well-known value-added textile units operating from Faisalabad. SL is mainly involved in manufacturing and export of a wide range of home textile products and holds nearly 5% - 7% market share of annual bed ware exports. The assigned ratings take into account experience of sponsoring family in the textile industry, healthy growth in sales and profits on account of higher demand for existing made-ups and addition of new garments and knitting capacities. Being primarily an export oriented company, rupee devaluation has positively impacted profitability. The ratings also take into account adequate debt service coverage and liquidity profile, however, debt leverage has increased due to higher trade & other payables and increased utilization of debt for working capital and capex requirements despite enhanced equity base.

SL is in process of issuing a Sukuk as an instrument of redeemable capital of up to Rs. 1.5b for a tenor of 5 years from the issue date, inclusive of grace period of 1 year. The proceeds from the issue will be utilized for the company’s expansion in garment and knitting segment by addition of new production facilities. The underlying issue will be secured by hypothecation charge on all present and future fixed assets. The margin of 25% shall be secured through a charge over current assets of the company. Initially, a ranking charge will be created on the assets of the company which would be upgraded to pari passu charge within 180 days of the issue date. Although the Sukuk issuance will increase debt burden, the leverage indicators are projected to remain around current levels on the back of expanding equity base. Going forward, leverage indicators and margins would remain to be the important rating drivers.

We have outstanding entity ratings of SL at ‘A/A-2’ (Single A/A-Two) with ‘Stable’ outlook. The previous ratings action was announced on July 18, 2019.

For further information on this rating announcement, please contact Syed Fahim Haider at 042-35723411-13 (Ext: 8006) or the undersigned at 021-35311861-70 (201) or email at

Javed Callea

VIS Entity Rating Criteria Corporates (May 2019)

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