Muhammad Nadeem Sheikh
PACRA Maintains Entity Ratings of Ghandhara Nissan Limited
Ghandhara Nissan Limited (GNL) operates in the truck segment of the automobile sector. Presently, the company deals in Chinese brands. There has been a slowdown in the company’s performance with the discontinuation of UD Trucks, however, Ghandhara Nissan has tried to regain the lost market share with the introduction of new products; including JAC X-200, Renault trucks recently. The company is also working to come into the passenger car segment. The success of these initiatives is crucial. Majority ownership of the company is held by Bibojee Group of Companies. Their business acumen is further enriched by the group’s stake in the country’s leading tyre manufacturing company. Foreign players are also taking interest in the local market. The landscape of the industry is expected to change – although it is yet to be seen. The financial risk profile of GNL is strong. The company intends to raise long term debt borrowing for its expansion projects, which is expected to remain in comfortable range. The working capital is supported by cash cum advances sale mechanism.
The ratings are dependent on upholding of the company’s business as well as financial risk profile. Two key elements are company’s stance on long term debt for potential projects and working capital management. Moreover, management’s ability to sustain its market share while benefiting from positive demand fundamentals is crucial.
Ghandhara Nissan Limited (GNL), incorporated in 1981 is primarily engaged in the assembly, import and sale of DongFeng and JAC. It is owned by Bibojee Group of Companies which was founded by Gen. Habibullah Khattak in 1960’s and has interests in various industrial sectors including Textile, Auto, Tyres & Rubber, Insurance and Construction.
The board comprises nine members; three represent the sponsoring family. Mr. Raza Kulli Khan Khattak is Chairman of the board whereas Mr. Ahmed Kulli Khan Khattak serves as the CEO. He is also the Chief Executive of Ghandhara Industries Ltd and Rehman Cotton Mills Ltd; both associated companies. GNL has an experienced management, which has been associated with the company for a long time.