JCR-VIS Assigns Initial Entity Ratings to Artistic Denim Mills Limited

Karachi, May 07, 2018 (PPI-OT): JCR-VIS Credit Rating Company Limited (JCR-VIS) has assigned initial entity ratings of ‘A-/A-1’ (Single A Minus/A-One) to Artistic Denim Mills Limited (ADML). Outlook on the assigned ratings is ‘Stable’. ADML commenced operations in 1993 as a denim fabric manufacturer. In 2008, the company attained the status of a vertically integrated denim player encompassing spinning, weaving and denim garment operations at a composite unit in Korangi Industrial Area, Karachi, Pakistan.

Capacity utilization of all the segments has been increasing on a timeline basis with revenues largely comprising exports generated through both fabric and garment division. Fabric sales of the company are concentrated in Pakistan (nominated sales), Bangladesh and Turkey while major markets for garments include Europe and USA. Given the company’s status as the only listed company in the denim sector, transparency and disclosures compare favourably vis-a-vis other peers in the denim sector.

The ratings incorporate high business risk profile of the denim sector. While demand for denim fabric and garments is projected to grow, local and international expansion by major players is expected to keep pricing power and hence margins under pressure. Moreover, significant investment required by customers as part of sustainability initiative is expected to add to cost pressures for denim manufacturers.

ADML’s operations are currently concentrated with exposure entirely to the denim industry which might significantly impact business risk profile in case of change in demand patterns or any other industry specific factors. Therefore keeping pace with rapid changes in fashion trends is considered important. JCR-VIS expects demand for denim products to remain stable over the medium term.

Assessment of financial risk profile incorporates the company’s strong capitalization as reflected by low leveraged capital structure and sound liquidity indicators as evident from healthy cash flows in relation to outstanding obligations. While gross margins have continued to decline overtime, profitability has depicted improvement in the ongoing year on account of volumetric growth in sales in existing markets. Despite additional borrowings for undertaking planned expansion, overall debt servicing ability is considered strong. Going forward, maintaining financial indicators is considered important from a ratings perspective.

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