JCR-VIS assigns initial entity ratings to Deharki Sugar Mills Ltd
KARACHI—JCR-VIS Credit Rating Company Limited has assigned initial entity ratings of ‘A-/A-2’ (single A Minus/A-Two) to Deharki Sugar Mills (Private) Limited (DSMI). The outlook on the assigned ratings is ‘stable’, said a press release here on Wednesday. The ratings assigned to DSML take into account its association with JDW Sugar Mills Limited (JDWSML), the largest sugar manufacturing group in the country. Being a wholly owned subsidiary of JDWSML, the company draws various benefits from its parent including operational integration while JDWSL has also extended advances to DSML to meet working capital requirement.
The ratings also draw comfort from the availability of personal guarantees of parent’s directors on borrowing availed by DSML. DSML operates with an installed capacity of 13,000 tons/day. Production date for the 2015-16 crushing seasons reflect healthy growth in sugar production while recovery rates have also remained stable. Various functions are shared be- tween JDWSML and DSML including information technology, audit and finance. In addition to this, senior management team of JDWSML also manages DSML operations.
Net sales have depicted steady growth in the recent years while margins have remained a function of procurement price of sugarcane and retail sugar prices. Management expect margin to improve during the on-going year on account of improvement in retail prices. In line with reduction in benchmark rates and lower average borrowing, finance cost has shown downward trend. Management has projected the profitability to grow at 10 percent per annum over the next five year. Capital structure of the company witnessed improvement on account of retention of profits translating into decline in debt leverage and gearing indicators. Long-term debt represent around 45 percent of total borrowing while remaining borrowing pertains to working capital requirement with varying outstanding levels during the year.—APP