Muhammad Harris Ghaffar
PACRA Maintains Entity Ratings of Nimir Resins Limited
The ratings reflect Nimir Resins Limited’s (“NRL” or “The Company”) solid business profile. Established as a listed entity, a well-devised governance framework is in place along with a skilled and experienced management team and modern production facilities. The Company has primarily three production lines, catering to different industries of the economy. These are essential ingredients for textile, paper & packaging and paint industries. The client base reflects good names. Nimir Resin also furnish synergistic benefits and also other efficiency due to being owned and operated by the Nimir group. Demand drivers of these industries are closely linked with economic growth and construction/infrastructure developments. Overall construction industry registered ~14% growth during FY22 mainly on account of urbanization trends followed by growth in the agriculture sector, which is also evident from the recent financial performance of the Company. Despite significant inflationary pressure, supply chain disruption and rupee devaluation NRL’s margins remain intact, demonstrating their ability to pass on the effect of cost escalation. In the recent budget, the government has announced sales tax exemption on the import of construction machinery, equipment, and specialized vehicles this will eventually beef up the economic activity in the Country. The financial risk profile of the Company is characterized by moderate coverages, cashflows, and stretched working capital cycle which depicts the industry norm. Capital structure is moderately leveraged where borrowings are mainly comprised of short-term to meet the working capital requirements. The KIBOR has increased up to 15%, further elevating the debt service cost in the future. The Company has generated sufficient cash flows to meet the BMR requirement for capacity expansion. Going forward, growth in business would necessitate prudent management of margins, debt mix, and sufficient internal capital formation. The ratings take comfort from the NRL’s association with Nimir group of Companies.
The ratings are dependent on sustainable growth in the top-line and bottom-line with upheld margins, and market share while retaining sufficient cash flows and coverages. However, prudent financial management and maintaining sufficient liquidity under stressed economic conditions will remain important for ratings.
Nimir Resins Limited was initially incorporated in 1964 as a Private Limited Company under the repealed Companies Act, 1913 (now the Companies Act, 2017) and was converted into a Public Listed Company in 1991. In 2010, the Company's name was changed to "Descon Chemicals Limited" when it entered into an amalgamation arrangement with Descon Chemicals (Pvt) Limited. Subsequently, in 2016, the Company was re-acquired by Nimir Group. The primary business of the Company is the manufacturing and sale of surface coating resins, polyesters, textile, paper auxiliaries, and optical brighteners. The head office of the Company is located in Lahore, whereas its registered office is located in Sheikhupura.
The Company is a subsidiary of Nimir Industrial Chemicals Limited. Board of Directors constitutes seven members including the CEO - Mr. Zafar Mehmood - who is also the CEO of Nimir Industrial Chemicals Limited. Mr. Zafar is one of the pioneers of the Group and has over 29 years of experience in the relevant field. He is supported by a team of qualified and experienced professionals with most of them having long association with the group.