Press Release

VIS Revises Ratings of Haleeb Foods Limited
 

Karachi, June 24, 2020: VIS Credit Rating Company Limited (VIS) has revised the medium to long-term rating of Haleeb Foods Limited (HFL) from ‘A’ (Single A) to ‘A-’ (Single A Minus) while maintaining the short-term rating at ‘A-2’ (A-Two). 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. 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 rating has been revised from ‘Stable’ to ‘Negative’. Previous rating action was taken on January 11, 2019.

HFL is a subsidiary of MEGA Foods (Pvt.) Limited, with majority shareholding. The assigned ratings take into account increasing, albeit moderate, business risk profile of the company, underpinned by overall positive demand dynamics of the dairy sector amid stiff competition. However, financial risk profile has weakened over the review period on account of continuing decline in sales mainly due to reduced demand and intense competition for tea whiteners, an established segment of HFL, along with incurring losses primarily on account of higher operational expenses.

Liquidity position is supported by investment in money market mutual funds, though internal cash generation from operations has weakened. With the erosion in equity base on account of losses and higher utilization of short-term borrowings, some increase in leverage indicators has been witnessed during the period under review. Recent decline in interest rates, fuel cost and international skimmed milk prices are expected to bode well for the company in near future. The management has taken various initiatives to arrest the declining trend in sales and become profitable; efficacy and effective implementation of these strategic initiatives remain to be seen.

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 (Ext. 201) or email at info@vis.com.pk





Faryal Ahmad Faheem
Deputy CEO

Applicable rating criterion: Corporates (May 2019)
https://www.vis.com.pk/kc-meth.aspx

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