Muhammad Nadeem Sheikh
PACRA Maintains Entity Ratings of Panther Tyres Limited
The ratings take strength from strong industry positioning of Panther Tyres in its respective niches. The company has a formidable market share in 2 & 3 wheeler tyre and tractor tyre segment of tyre & tube industry. The sponsors have built a strong management team with a wholesome mandate: roles are clearly demarcated with a high degree of delegation. The company has improved its overall organisation structure and is inculcating financial transparency as per Code of Corporate Governance. Revenue stream is segmented into Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and Replacement Market ,wherein replacement market has a higher inclination. The company's financial risk profile is demonstrated by stable margins, healthy coverages and adequate capital structure. Additionally, the company is strengthening its international presence. Going forward, demand from replacement market is expected to remain strong whereas the OEMs' demand is expected to remain range bound due to pass-on effect of increased costs.
The ratings are dependent on the management's ability to sustain its business profile with cautious management of market risks, increase in international outreach and improvement in governance structure.
Panther Tyres Limited is an unquoted public limited company incorporated in 1983. The Company is primarily engaged in the production of tyres and tubes of vehicles. Panther is the pioneer in the motorcycle tyre manufacturing industry of Pakistan. The company sells its product with the brand name “Panther” and it has since been renowned for quality products.
Mr. Mian Iftikhar Ahmed-a renowned businessman, along with his family owns the entire shareholding of the Company. He has served as the chairman of All Pakistan Tyres & Tubes Manufacturers Association. The overall control of the Company vests in three members’ board of directors. Two are executive directors, including the chairman, and one is a non-executive member of the sponsoring family. Mr. Mian Iftikhar Ahmed has taken up as CEO of the company after the retirement of Mr. Naveed A. Khawaja. He is supported by a team of qualified and experienced professionals.