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Crescent Steel & Allied Products Limited - VIS places Steel Sector on Rating Watch

Karachi, March 31, 2023: The business and financial risk of the steel sector has increased on a timeline basis emanating from import restrictions, limited raw material coverage, soaring raw material prices, exchange rate volatility, and higher interest rates, resulting in inflationary pressures and a decline in demand in the construction, engineering, automobiles and infrastructure development projects. The ongoing situation is expected to persist in the mid-term impacting the financial risk profile of companies across the sector. Accordingly, VIS Credit Rating Company Limited (VIS) has placed the steel sector and the companies rated therein by VIS under ‘Rating Watch’ status.

Crescent Steel & Allied Products Limited (CSAP) has been assigned entity and instrument ratings of rating of ‘A-/A-2’ (Single A minus/A-Two) and ‘A-’ (Single A Minus), announced on October 11, 2022. Outlook on the same is revised from ‘Stable’ to ‘Rating Watch – Negative’ status. Long-term entity rating of ‘A-’ denotes good credit quality with adequate protection factors. Moreover, risk factors may vary with possible changes in economy. Short-term entity rating of ‘A-2’ indicates good certainty of timely payment, sound liquidity factors and company fundamentals. Access to capital markets is good. Risk factors are small.

The ratings will remain under Rating Watch based on the unfolding of the economic and market developments going forward and updated over time line according to availability of financial information.

For further information on this rating announcement, please contact Ms. Asfia Aziz (Ext: 212) or the undersigned (Ext: 207) at 021-35311861-71 or email at

Sara Ahmed

VIS Entity Rating Criteria: Corporates (August 2021)

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