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PACRA maintains entity ratings of GCIL at ‘A’

PACRA maintains entity ratings of GCIL at 'A'
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June 14, 2024 (MLN): Pakistan Credit Rating Agency Limited (PACRA) has maintained entity ratings of Ghani Chemical Industries Limited (PSX: GCIL) at "A" for long term and "A1" for short term with a stable outlook forecast, latest press release issued by PACRA showed.

GCIL is principally involved in the manufacturing, sale, and trading of medical & industrial gases and chemicals.

These gases find diverse applications across various industries encompassing medical, chemical processes, metal fabrication, food processing, oil and gas exploration, and many more.

The industry is led by two major players known for providing high-quality industrial and medical gases and services.

The demand for medical gases in the industry is now stabilizing. However, industrial gas performance remains highly dependent on large-scale manufacturing activity.

In response, companies are strategically adjusting their product portfolios to better align with current market demands, fostering a more balanced and predictable industry landscape.

Ongoing macroeconomic challenges, such as rupee depreciation, soaring inflation & interest rates are still impacting sectors like steel, automotive, and shipbreaking, leading to weaker demand from these areas.

The company currently operates four plants – two in Lahore and two at Port Qasim, Karachi, with an overall capacity utilization of 71%.

To meet the increasing demand in the medical sector, various industries, development projects, and CPEC in K.P.K and Northern areas, GCIL is constructing its 5th Air Separation Unit (ASU) Plant in the Hattar Economic Zone, District Haripur.

The ASU plant is scheduled to become operational in July 2024, and a calcium carbide manufacturing facility is expected to be operational by January 2025, according to the management.

During 9MFY24, the top line of the company clocked in at Rs3.6bn, reflecting growth of 12.2% primarily due to price inflation.

However, GP Margin was largely sustained but the net profit margin showed a humble improvement due to better cost control.

The company has also a presence in the value-added segment of calcium carbide for fruit repining, contributing about 3% of the total sales.

The company has benefited from a modern manufacturing facility and a robust control environment, supported by a strong governing board and a skilled, professional management team.

The financial risk profile of the company is deemed adequate, with comfortable coverages, cash flows, and a working capital cycle.

The company's capital structure is leveraged, with borrowings consisting of long-term to support expansion and short-term for working capital management.

The ratings are dependent on the company's ability to effectively utilize enhanced capacities. At the same time, management of financial risk, particularly debt coverages, remains important, wherein any further deterioration would have negative implications for the ratings.

Consistent growth in market share and improved margins would support ratings.

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Posted on: 2024-06-14T16:26:51+05:00