Karachi, November 28, 2018 (PPI-OT): JCR-VIS Credit Rating Company Limited has revised the entity ratings of MIMA Leather (Pvt.) Limited (MLPL) to ‘BB+/A-3’ (Double B Plus/A-Three) from ‘BBB-/A-3’ (Triple B Minus/A-Three). Outlook on the assigned ratings continues to be ‘Negative’. Previous rating action was announced on October 9, 2017.
The revision in ratings reflects weakening in the company’s financial profile and subdued demand for MLPL’s products. The global trade of leather products is subject to cyclical demand patterns while the gross margins in the business have also seen notable volatility. Leather industry in Pakistan remains largely export-oriented. Given fall in trade volumes of leather products globally, financial profile of MLPL has weakened on a timeline basis.
Majority of sales comprise exports to the European region. After MLPL’s sales witnessed a decline of 28% on account of volumes in FY17, topline increased by 8.5% in FY18 on the back of better pricing. Europe continues to remain an important market for MLPL; expansions in the untapped countries are planned, going forward. Gross margins were reported lower on account of depressed volumetric sales vis-à-vis historical sales. Going forward, profitability is expected to remain under pressure due to subdued demand of leather products. Hence, achieving projected sales volumes is considered important in terms of profitability.
Liquidity profile of the company has weakened on a timeline basis with negative cash flows and an increase in cash conversion cycle. Consistent losses have resulted in equity attrition on timeline basis. At these capitalization levels, leverage indicators remain on the higher side. In order to keep the equity base sustainable, equity injection is considered necessary. This will improve the risk profile of the institution and will facilitate in improving liquidity profile and reducing leverage indicators.
The ratings of MLPL derive strength from track record of sponsors having business cycle experience in leather industry. Shareholding is vested with family members who are represented on the company’s Board of Directors while also holding key management positions.
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JCR-VIS Credit Rating Company Limited
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