JCR-VIS reaffirms Entity Ratings of Sadaqat Limited

Karachi, December 31, 2015 (PPI-OT): JCR-VIS Credit Rating Company Limited (JCR-VIS) has reaffirmed the medium to long term entity rating of Sadaqat Limited (SL) at ‘A-’ (Single A Minus) and short-term entity rating at ‘A-2’ (A-Two). Outlook on the assigned ratings is ‘Stable’. The previous rating action was announced on January 01, 2015.

Ratings assigned to SL reflect its stable revenues, adequate coverages and improved operational efficiency. As an export oriented company, SL specializes in value added fabrics and home textile. Performance of the textile sector remained subdued reflected by declining export revenues as cotton and yarn prices remained depressed coupled with slowdown in some of the leading export markets.

Gross margins declined during FY15 on account of lower average selling price and volumetric reduction in sales; however continue to remain relatively high owing to focus on value addition and improving efficiencies. In the coming years, margins are expected to sustain while improved revenues is projected to positively reflect on the bottom line and cash flows of the company. Concentration among customer base remains high; long term association with customers involving internationally recognized brands mitigates the associated risks.

In the recent years, the management focus has remained on upgrading production facilities in order to achieve higher operational efficiency. Total debt of the company increased during outgoing year on account of higher utilization of short-term borrowings; at current debt levels, principal payments due in the on-going year are expected to be met by the internal cash generation. Funding for the upcoming CAPEX is projected to be arranged mainly through external sources. Efficiency enhancements from the planned CAPEX are likely to strengthen company’s cash flows to meet debt servicing requirements over the medium to long term.

For more information, contact:
Ms. Sobia Maqbool
JCR-VIS Credit Rating Company Limited
VIS House, 128/C,
25th Lane off Khayaban-e-Ittehad,
Phase VII, DHA, Karachi
Tel: +92-21-35311861-72
Fax: +92-21-35311873
Email: sobia@jcrvis.com.pk