Press Release

JCR-VIS Maintains Entity Ratings of Mima Leather (Pvt.) Ltd.
 

Karachi, January 08, 2008: JCR-VIS Credit Rating Company Ltd. (JCR-VIS) has maintained the medium to long-term entity rating of BBB- (Triple B Minus) and short-term rating of A-3 (A Three) assigned to MIMA Leather (Pvt.) Ltd. (MIMA). The outlook on the medium to long-term rating is being revised from ‘Stable’ to ‘Negative’.

The outlook has been revised based on the stress on cashflows arising due to the rising interest rate scenario while the company is still in the process of rationalizing the inventory to the desired levels so that short-term borrowing levels and the related cost can be curtailed.

Meanwhile, the ratings recognize MIMA group as one of the leading leather exporters of Pakistan. Due to excess capacity in the sector, the management does not foresee any expansion requirement towards the tannery side. The focus is shifting to venture more into value-addition so as to boost sales growth, which have otherwise become nearly stagnant, as well as improve margins. We are tracking the management’s plans in this regard as well as the improvement in financial position once the plan to reduce inventory levels has been successfully implemented.

JCR-VIS is further monitoring the impact of the current political and law and order situation of the country and rating actions will be updated as and when required.

For further information on this rating announcement, please contact Mr. Safdar Kazi (safdar@jcrvis.com.pk) or Ms. Sadaf Aliuddin (sadaf@jcrvis.com.pk) at 021-5311861-71 (11 lines) or fax to 021-5311872-73.



Faheem Ahmad
President & CEO

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