JCR-VIS reaffirms entity ratings of Century Paper and Board Mills Limited

Karachi, May 23, 2016 (PPI-OT):JCR-VIS Credit Rating Company Limited (JCR-VIS) has reaffirmed the entity ratings of Century Paper and Board Mills Limited (CPBM) at ‘A+/A-1’ (Single A Plus/A-One). Outlook on the rating is ‘Stable’. The previous rating action was announced on December 15, 2014.

The ratings assigned to CPBM take into account the improving financial performance as reflected in its cash flows and adequate debt servicing coverage. Furthermore, rating incorporates strong sponsors’ support that the Company garners with majority shareholding resting with Lakson Group of Companies.

CPBM enjoys its position in the market through paper, paperboard and corrugated boxes, with paperboard as its flagship product. The Company posted a profit of Rs. 194m for 9 months ended on March 31, 2016. Despite the reduced prices of its flagship product i.e. paperboard, constituting around 75% of total sales, CPBM posted improved financial results because of declining cost of inputs; both fuel and raw material. The market conditions have improved compared to FY15 where owing to fierce competition from China and soaring costs of inputs, profit margins were adversely affected.

The COGEN-III 18 MW Power Plant is in its testing phase and is expected to be operational by end of May 2016, which will meet above half of the Company’s energy requirements and will be a source of cost-effective energy. This plant was largely financed through debt and with the plant coming online, will enable the Company to enhance its capacity utilization to increase quantum of profits. Coupled with the repayments over the coming years, leverage indicators are expected to revert back to their normal levels.

For more information, contact:
Ms. Sobia Maqbool
CFA
JCR-VIS Credit Rating Company Limited
VIS House, 128/C,
25th Lane off Khayaban-e-Ittehad,
Phase VII, DHA, Karachi
Tel: +92-21-35311861-72
Fax: +92-21-35311873
Email: sobia@jcrvis.com.pk