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PACRA Upgrades Entity Ratings of Al-Abbas Sugar Mills Limited

Rating Type Entity
(08-May-19 )
(06-Nov-18 )
Action Upgrade Maintain
Long Term A+ A
Short Term A1 A1
Outlook Stable Positive
Rating Watch - -

The ratings reflect the Company's diversified revenue stream, emanating from sugar, ethanol and storage facilities, mitigating volatility risk associated with the sugar industry. Margins in the industry have been depressed lately due to a persistent supply glut and substantial carry over stock. Sugar prices have been improving recently, providing relief to a certain extent. However, despite volatile market conditions, the Company has been able to sustain healthy margins owing to efficient operations and diversification. Well thought investment in storage tank terminals provides an additional cushion to cashflows throughout the year. Ratings draw strength from the Company’s robust governance framework and strong financial profile represented by a modestly leveraged capital structure, strong coverages and efficient management of working capital. The upgrade signifies the Company’s consistent performance and resilience to adverse movements in the sugar industry.
The ratings are dependent on the Company's ability to sustain its margins and healthy coverages while maintaining necessary cushion and discipline in working capital management. Significant deterioration of relationship between shareholders leading to adverse impact on the Company's profile and/or excessive borrowings resulting in declining coverages will have a negative impact on ratings.

About the Entity
Al-Abbas Sugar Mills Limited was incorporated in May 1991 and is listed on Pakistan Stock Exchange. The Company has diversified businesses of sugar, ethanol and storage tank terminal. The business include a) Sugar capacity of 7,500 M. tons per day, b) Ethanol-capacity 172,500 liters per day, and c) Storage tank terminal-capacity of 22,850 M. tons per month. It operates in two different locations at Mirpurkhas and Dhabeji in Sindh. 58% of Al-Abbas Sugar's shareholding lies with Haji Ghani Group, which enjoys strong presence on the Board and management control. Jahangir Siddiqui (JS) group (27%) is the other major shareholder. Mr. Zakria Usman acts as the Chairman of the Board, whereas, Mr. Asim Ghani serves as the Chief Executive Officer.

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