PACRA Maintains Entity Ratings of Masood Fabrics Limited
The ratings reflect growing business profile of Masood Fabrics Limited (‘Masood Fabrics’ or ‘The Company’) emanating from growth in revenues and better margins. The profitability of the Company improved YoY due to increase in topline, despite higher finance cost. The Company is principally engaged in the manufacture of yarn and griege fabric, primarily catering to the home textile market. The Company has built a significant investment portfolio that is managed at the group level. Overall profitability of the Company remains a function of income from the large investment portfolio, in shape of dividends and capital gains/losses. Although the Company is invested in blue-chip scrips, high market risk exposes the Company to volatile returns. This concern is magnified as the investments are partially financed through short-term borrowings. Free Cashflows have recently shown improvement, resulting in better coverages. However, financial profile of the Company remains stretched given highly leveraged capital structure and limited borrowing capacity. Board’s vast experience and association with Mahmood Group remained important rating factors.
The ratings are dependent on the Company’s ability to improve financial profile by reducing leveraging through successfully divesting certain scrips. The management is working on this front and timely materialization of these initiatives is critical. Additionally, maintaining margins and improving profitability from core operations is important.
Masood Fabrics is a venture of Mahmood Group, which was originally established in 1935, by entering the tannery business. Now the group has presence in complete cotton chain (growing to finished products), tanneries, real estate, and food. Cumulatively the group operates ~300,000 spindles and ~850 looms, out of which 32,640 spindles and 244 looms come under Masood Fabrics. Mahmood Group Sponsors cumulatively own 97% directly via individuals and the remaining shareholding is owned through group companies.
Overall control vest with seven board members, all of whom are from the sponsoring family. Mr. Khawaja Muhammad Ilyas is the CEO of the Company and has more than 35 years of experience in the textile industry. He is supported by a team of seasoned professionals who work under various sub-divisions to ensure efficiency.