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VIS Reaffirms Entity Ratings of Zoom Petroleum (Pvt.) Limited

Karachi, Dec 12, 2022: VIS Credit Rating Company Limited (VIS) has reaffirmed the entity ratings of Zoom Petroleum (Pvt.) Limited (ZPPL) at ‘BBB-/A-3’ (Triple B Minus/A-Three). The medium to long-term rating of ‘BBB-’ denotes adequate credit quality coupled with reasonable protection factors. Moreover, risk factors are considered variable if changes occur in the economy. The short-term rating of ‘A-3’ denotes satisfactory liquidity and other protection factors which qualify entities/issues as to investment grade. Risk factors are larger and subject to more variation. Nevertheless, timely payment is expected. Outlook on the assigned ratings is ‘Stable’. Previous rating action was announced on June 7, 2021.

ZPPL is an emerging Oil Marketing Company (OMC), primarily involved in sales and marketing of High Speed Diesel (HSD) and Premier Motor Gasoline (PMG). The ratings incorporate higher business risk for the industry players, largely emanating from operating on moderate level of fixed commission and significant exposure to foreign exchange movements from sizeable dependence of OMCs on imports. The financial risk of the sector is relatively higher as the companies have to rely heavily on short-term borrowings to meet their working capital requirements.

During FY22, the company posted healthy growth in topline on account of increase in average prices and volumetric sale of its key products. The gross margins improved slightly as the government provided price differential claim (PDC) to OMCs and refineries in order to subsidize for the cost to keep fuel prices unchanged. However, the net profitability and margins remained thin owing to sizeable forex losses. Resultantly, overall cash flow position remained under stress. The company has relatively shorter working capital cycle compared to industry median. Gearing has increased notably due to elevated short-term bank borrowings and markup bearing related party loans, leading to limited risk absorption capacity. The management expects improvement in profitability in view of certain government initiatives despite some slowdown in demand ensuing from recent floods and political instability during the ongoing year. The implementation of higher OMC margin as approved by Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) is expected to bode well for the entire industry. The ratings will remain dependent on improvement in sector dynamics, capitalization and liquidity profile along with achieving projected sales.

For further information on this rating announcement, please contact Ms. Tayyaba Ijaz, CFA at 042-35723411-13 (Ext. 8004) and/or the undersigned at 021-35311861-66 (Ext. 306) or email at

Sara Ahmed

VIS Entity Rating Criteria: Corporates (August 2021)

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