Karachi, November 18, 2020 (PPI-OT):VIS Credit Rating Company Limited (VIS) has maintained the entity ratings of Artistic Denim Mills Limited (ADML) at ‘A-/A-1’ (Single A Plus/A-One). The long-term rating of ‘A-’ signifies good credit quality and adequate protection factors; risk factors may vary with possible changes in the economy. The short-term rating of ‘A-1’ signifies high certainty of timely payment; liquidity factors are excellent and supported by good fundamental protection factors while risk factors are minor. The outlook on the ratings has been revised to ‘Stable’. Previous rating action was announced on April 24, 2020.
ADML operates as a vertically integrated denim fabric and garment manufacturer. The company’s revenues are largely export centered. The ratings incorporate the business risk profile of the denim sector, which is driven by the global demand and pricing dynamics. Assessment of financial risk profile incorporates the company’s strong capitalization as reflected by a moderately leveraged capital structure and sound liquidity indicators, evident from healthy cash flows in relation to outstanding obligations.
The revision in rating outlook reflects improvement in performance of ADML Q1’FY21, as reflected by 28% growth in topline vis-a-vis SPLY. Given reduction in benchmark rates, the financing cost for the company has also reduced, reflecting positively on the bottomline. Even though concerns of a 2nd wave of Covid-19 remain elevated, we expect the order book for the industry to remain strong in the ongoing year, easing our business risk concerns. The assigned ratings remain dependent on maintenance of liquidity and capitalization metrics in line with the threshold.
For more information, contact:
Director Compliance and Rating Analytics,
VIS Credit Rating Company Limited
VIS House, 128/C, 25th Lane off Khayaban-e-Ittehad,
Phase VII, DHA, Karachi, Pakistan
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