PACRA Upgrades Entity Rating of Reliance Weaving Mills Limited
The ratings reflect improved business risk profile of Reliance Weaving Mills Limited ("Reliance Weaving" or "the Company") emanating from volumetric growth in exports as well as increase in local sales and better pricing. Over the years, the Company has undertaken continuous BMR translating into operational efficiencies and higher production volumes. The Company has improved its overall margins, these results are due to strong spinning margins and healthy weaving business. Major reason of these results is procurement of cotton in timely manner and at competitive price. Moreover, the Company has ramped up the capacity utilization significantly, in both spinning and weaving segments, give a comfortable picture, ahead. Going forward, the Company aims to undertake further expansion, financed through a mix of internal and external sources. The Governance of the Company is considered strong. The Company has a strategic investment in the energy sector in a group company. The Financial risk matrix has shown improvement over the years. Healthy increase in coverage and reduced debt payback adds the comfort. Ratings positively take in to account the track record and presence of experienced & professional management team which possesses considerable experience in the textile business. The assigned ratings incorporate strong sponsors support and the explicit guarantee provided by majority sponsors on all debt related obligations of the Company. Moreover, synergies between the group companies are considered positive.
The upgrade in the ratings is the result of improved revenue and profitability along with the other strong financial parameters. Moreover, comfort can also be drawn from the business risk profile backed by the healthy growth in the business correspondent space as well as benefits from the strong financial position of the sponsors.
The ratings are dependent on the management's ability to prudently mange the liquidity and debt profile of the Company, Prudent managing of cash cycle in the increasing key policy rate scenario, while sustaining and improving business margins remains vital. Going forward, support from sponsors would remain critical.
Reliance Weaving Mills Ltd., a listed concern, commenced operations in 1990. The Company is engaged in the manufacturing and marketing of yarn and greige fabric. Reliance Weaving operates with five units, constituting two spinning and three weaving units, having capacities of 65,280 spindles and 427 looms, respectively. The Company caters its power needs via in-house production, as well as MEPCO and LESCO connections. Fatima Group, a leading corporate group in Pakistan, owns majority stake (79%) in Reliance Weaving. The Group has diversified interests in fertilizer, sugar, textile, energy, transmission, packaging, and foreign trade.
The overall control of the Company vests in seven-member board of directors with the Chairman – Mr. Fawad Ahmed Mukhtar and the CEO – Mr. Faisal Ahmed Sheikh. Five directors are Fatima Group’s family members, including two executive directors, while two members are independent directors. The board members have diversified experience, and relatively long association with the Company. Mr. Faisal Ahmed, a textile industry veteran, has a diversified experience. He is supported by a team of seasoned professionals.