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PACRA Maintains Entity Ratings of Nishat Mills Limited

Rating Type Entity
(15-Nov-18 )
(25-Apr-18 )
Action Maintain Maintain
Long Term AA AA
Short Term A1+ A1+
Outlook Stable Stable
Rating Watch - -

The ratings reflect diversity of Nishat Mills underlying businesses, along with a conservative capital structure. This emanates from its implicit holdco structure within Nishat Group, providing resilience to adversities in underlying sectors, particularly textile, while upholding the overall profile of Nishat Mills. Significant as well as diverse strategic investment portfolio of the company generates a regular dividend stream. However, the current stock market volatility remains critical. Nishat Mills is one of the market leaders in textile industry, maintaining a sizeable, export-oriented composite unit in the country's textile sector. Superior profile is characterized by requisite diversification, in terms of both geography and customer base. However, re-imposition of custom duties and sales tax on cotton & yarn imports, coupled with inflated interest rates has stretched the textile industry. Meanwhile, the rupee devaluation has provided a requisite breather to the company to sustain its business margins. The management is focusing on capitalizing enhanced facilities in order to achieve overall cost efficiencies.

The ratings are dependent on the company's ability to sustain its profitability. Low leveraged capital structure provides room for expansion; should be managed prudently. Moreover, induction of independent members on board for better governance is considered important.

About the Entity
Nishat Mills, established in 1951, is the largest textile composite unit and a leading exporter of textile products in the country. The company’s majority stakes (~51%) owned by Mansha family members and group companies. Nishat Mills also acts as key participant in multiple strategic investments of Nishat Group. Nishat Group - a leading conglomerate - maintains substantial presence in the country's financial sector, and strong foothold in textile, cement, power sectors, and hospitality sector. Also, the group has entered in Pakistan's automobile assembly industry.

The board comprises seven members; two directors are representatives of sponsoring family– including the Chairman – Mr. Hassan Mansha and CEO. The remaining directors include, one independent member, one Nishat Mills' executive director, while all other members are non-executive directors working with Nishat Group entities. The CEO, Mr. Umer Mansha, has been associated with Nishat Mills 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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