Press Release

JCR-VIS Re-affirms Ratings of A /A-2 of Sapphire Textile Mills Limited
 

Karachi, January 09, 2008: JCR-VIS Credit Rating Company Limited (JCR-VIS) has reaffirmed the entity ratings of Sapphire Textile Mills Ltd. (STML) at A (Single A) for the medium to long-term and A-2 (A Two) for the short-term. The outlook on the medium to long-term rating is ‘Stable’.

The ratings reflect the management’s strategy to maintain a conservative capital structure to align with the risk inherent in the cyclical textile industry while undertaking a consistent level of BMR and expansion on the plant facilities adequately supported by the internal generation from operations. The company has also increased the level of value-addition within the textile industry whereby the spinning division’s contribution to profit before tax has reduced in FY2007 and this focus is expected to be maintained in the medium-term to counter the narrowing margins in the industry.

JCR-VIS is closely following the results reported by the textile industry in FY2008 which is turning out to be a tight year for the industry with high cotton prices which are not offset by commensurate yarn prices due to intense competition in the global markets. However, we are of the opinion that STML is not likely to face any significant pressure on liquidity position due to the low level of debt leverage as well as presence of liquid investments.

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 021-5311861-70 (10 lines) or fax to 021-5311873.


Faheem Ahmad
President & CEO

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