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17-Aug-21

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Kanwal Ejaz
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PACRA Assigns Preliminary Rating to Pak Elektron Limited | PP Sukuk

Rating Type Debt Instrument
Current
(17-Aug-21)
Action Preliminary
Long Term A+
Short Term A1
Outlook Stable
Rating Watch -

The ratings reflects Pak Elektron Ltd.'s (PEL) diversified revenue stream and strong presence in Household Appliances and Power division including, Power transformers, Distribution transformers, Energy meters and Switch gears. The key factors driving the Household Appliances market are increase in technological advancement, rapid urbanization, and growth in housing sector, improved living standards and surge in the need for comfort in household chores. Whereas, Power division growth drivers are linked with new electricity power projects, rehabilitation of existing power distribution networks, infrastructure developments and new commercial/ residential constructions. Pakistan’s household appliances and Power sector is largely dependent on global raw material prices, making it susceptible to external dynamics. Amidst COVID-19 outbreak, challenging economic conditions and strong competition have proved to be an impediment to industry growth. Overall production levels of the major appliances market took a steep dip in CY20, particularly during the peak demand season when nationwide lockdown slowed down the overall economic activity and created uncertainty in industry. During 1QCY21 Household Appliances showed recovery and highest production growth was recorded in air conditioner ~136% and refrigerators ~59% as compared to same period last year. Power division also followed upward trajectory where production of transformers and switch gears showed growth of ~22% and ~76% respectively. The Company has continued to focus on enhancing its product slate and recently made a strategic alliance with a renowned Japanese electronics manufacturer “Panasonic” which will authorize PEL to locally assemble Panasonic’s split air conditioners which is a positive development. Going forward the Company is expected to receive benefits from (a) Growth in population (b) Government incentives to construction industry and launching of Naya Pakistan Housing Program (c) Government initiatives to improve existing electricity distribution network.
The ratings are dependent on the management's ability to sustain operations and sales in prevailing challenges. Meanwhile, any significant deterioration in sales and margins will impact the ratings. Close monitoring of working capital requirements to improve cash cycle and debt servicing remains imperative. Managing liquidity and financial risk are crucial for the ratings.

About the Entity
PEL is a listed public limited company and was incorporated in 1956. The Company is principally engaged in manufacturing and sale of electrical capital goods and domestic appliances. PEL is majorly owned by Saigol Group (~51%).

About the Instrument
Pak Elektron Limited (PEL) intends to issue secured, privately placed Sukuk under Islamic Diminishing Musharaka or any other Islamic mode / Structure issued as instrument of redeemable capital under section 66 of the Companies Act, 2017. Sukuk issue amount is PKR 1,500 Million (inclusive of green shoe option of PKR 300 Million) at an offer rate 3 month KIBOR + 1.3% p.a with a tenor of fifteen (15) months (partial/full Call Option after 12 months). First profit payment shall fall due at the end of the three months from the date of first draw down. Sukuk shall redeem in one bullet payment at the end of 15th month from the date of first draw down. PEL to maintain minimum current ratio of 1.5x and maximum Debt/Equity ratio of 1.0x.

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