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JCR-VIS Maintains Entity Ratings of Crescent Steel and Allied Products Limited

Karachi, May 29, 2018: JCR-VIS Credit Rating Company Limited (JCR-VIS) has maintained the entity ratings of Crescent Steel and Allied Products Limited (CSAPL) at ‘A+/A-2’ (Single A Plus/A-Two). Outlook on the assigned ratings has been revised from ‘Stable’ to ‘Negative’. Rating of the company’s 12 month commercial paper has been finalized at A-2 (A-Two).

Revision in rating outlook reflects weakening in order book on account of delay in implementation of a major pipeline project which is expected to impact profitability and cash flow profile till commencement of work on the project. Ratings draw comfort from CSAPL’s diversified operations (exposure to steel, textiles, capital markets and power sectors), low leveraged capital structure, adequate liquidity profile and strong corporate governance framework. The assigned ratings are, however, constrained by high business risk of the steel segment which comprises bulk of the company’s revenues.

Ratings also take into account the high business risk posed by the steel sector. Cyclicality in sales is a significant risk particularly for large diameter pipe manufacturers, given the reliance on public sector projects. Major project announced and for which tendering is expected over the next one year include 1100km North-South gas pipeline (RLNG III). As the only major large diameter spiral pipe manufacturer in the country, the company is well-positioned to capture a chunk of the new orders as they occur. Delay in commencement of work on RLNG III pipeline is a significant business risk factor. Other key risk factors include rising HRC prices post bid submission and threat of dumping particularly from China.

Assigned ratings incorporate the financial risk profile of the company reflected by conservative financial policy as evident from low leveraged capital structure, adequate debt servicing capacity and liquidity indicators. Despite pressure on margins due to rising HRC prices, profitability of the company was supported by sizeable investment income. Materialization of order pipeline and income from investments will determine quantum of future profitability. Cash generated from operations and investment & dividend income will result in sufficient liquidity to cater to upcoming debt payments. Moreover, liquid investments carried on balance sheet also support assessment of company’s liquidity profile. The investments are however subject to market risk.

For further information on this rating announcement, please contact the undersigned (Ext: 201) at 021-35311861-71 or fax to 021-35311872-3.

Javed Callea

Applicable Rating Criteria: Industrial Corporates (May 2016)

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