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PACRA Maintains Entity Ratings of Nishat Mills

Rating Type Entity
(30-Jun-17 )
(27-Sep-16 )
Action Maintain Maintain
Long Term AA AA
Short Term A1+ A1+
Outlook Stable Stable
Rating Watch - -

The ratings reflect the diversity of Nishat Mills' (NML) underlying businesses, along with a conservative capital structure. This emanates from its implicit holdco structure within Nishat Group (NG). This helps in managing the impact of adversities in any industry, particularly textile business, on the overall profile of NML. NML's significant as well as diverse strategic investment portfolio is generating a regular and growing dividend stream in addition to a potential of capital appreciation.

NML has an established business profile in textile industry. The company continues to maintain its position as a sizeable, export-oriented composite unit in the country's textile sector. NML has adequate diversification levels, in terms of both geography and customer base. The ongoing year has seen relatively subdued operational performance relative to last year on the back of industry-wide margin squeeze. The management intends to focus on enhancing existing facilities in order to achieve overall cost efficiencies.

The ratings continue to depend on the management's ability to maintain its business profile while sustaining its market position. Sustenance of business margins at a reasonable level remains important. Moreover, a formal holding company structure to monitor a large investment portfolio would bring structural efficiencies with focused decision making.

About the Entity
NML, established in 1951, is the largest textile composite unit and a leading exporter of textile products in the country. The company is majority (~52%) owned by Mansha family members and group companies. NML also acts as key participant in multiple strategic investments of Nishat Group (NG). NG - a leading conglomerate - maintains substantial presence in the country's financial sector, and strong foothold in textile, cement, and power sectors. Lately, the group has expanded its presence in the hospitality sector with the start of operations of Nishat Emporium mall. Also, partnering with local and international entities, the group has announced to enter Pakistan’s automobile assembly industry.

NML has a seven-member board of directors; two, including the CEO, represent sponsoring family, four are working for NG companies (including one NML's executive), and one is an independent member. The CEO, Mr. Umer Mansha, has been associated with NML since 1994 and carries extensive experience in textile industry. He is supported by an experienced management team. Moreover, the quality of systems and processes in place is considered good.

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