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PACRA Maintains Entity Ratings of Sadiq Poultry (Pvt.) Limited

Rating Type Entity
(22-Jul-19 )
(20-Mar-19 )
Action Maintain Maintain
Long Term A- A-
Short Term A1 A1
Outlook Stable Stable
Rating Watch - -

Poultry is one of the largest agro based segment in Pakistan, accounting both domestic & commercial poultry. With an investment of almost PKR 700bln in FY18, industry has posted an annual growth of 10%. Pakistan is sufficient in poultry meat and egg production. However, lacks in per capita protein consumption remains low when compared to the world's average.

The ratings reflect Sadiq Poultry’s association with an established vertically integrated poultry group, named Sadiq Group. The Company has an established profile in its business and enjoys the lead position in broiler, chicken, eggs and day old chicks segment. After significant expansion in capacities, topline posted an increase; however, remains concentrated towards day old chicks. Business margins improved as the management was able to keep the costs under control and managed to reap economies of scale. Nevertheless, the Company remains exposed to volatility in prices and contingent health risk associated to its product (live chicken stock and eggs). Procuring feed in bulk from Group’s own company create synergies. The Company’s financial risk profile is characterized by moderate leverage and adequate coverage ratios. The loan mix is skewed towards short term borrowings to fulfill the working capital requirements.
The ratings are dependent on the management's ability to prudently mange the business risk for of perishable consumer products, while sustaining business margins. Moreover, governance framework needs attention. Meanwhile, prudent management of working capital and maintaining strong coverages remain critical.

About the Entity
Sadiq Poultry (Pvt.) Limited is a successful parent venture of Sadiq Group; well-known player of Pakistan’s poultry industry. It was incorporated in 2004 and is primarily engaged in operating 21 poultry breeding units/farms, 80 broiler farms, laying units maintaining 2.1 million birds with commercial egg production capacity of 2 million from 4 poultry hatcheries. The Company has its own livestock pharmaceutical setup, to ensure birds health.

Its present shareholding structure suggests that Dr. M. Sadiq, is man of the last mile, as he holds the major shares. Remaining stake resides with his two sons Mr. Asif Zubair and Mr. Salman Sadiq. Sponsoring family dominates the Board of Sadiq Poultry and comprises five members. Board’s Chairman and company's CEO, Dr. Muhammad Sadiq, plays a pivotal role in making strategic decisions.

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