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PACRA Assigns Initial Entity Ratings to Jamal Pipes Industries (Pvt.) Limited

Rating Type Entity
(18-Jul-19 )
Action Initial
Long Term BBB
Short Term A2
Outlook Stable
Rating Watch -

Jamal Pipes Industries (Pvt.) Limited, a family operated business, is engaged in manufacturing of pipes and allied products since four decades. The Company's product slate includes black line pipes, galvanized line pipes, variety of poles (octaconical poles, tubular poles and street light poles) and Guardrails. The diversification in product slate is considered positive while further strengthening of revenue from all products would reduce concentration and add cushion to business risk profile. The company has been catering to the demand of corporate projects since last many years and enjoys association with corporate clients. The ratings reflect an adequate market presence of the company in a highly fragmented industry. Over the last few years, the company's business risk profile has strengthened on account of better volumetric sales. The recent economic downturn is a challenge. Recently, the Company has performed BMR which will lead to cost efficiency in upcoming years. The Company operates on adequate but improving business margins. The financial risk revolves around higher short-term borrowings to support the working capital - inherent need of the business model followed by the company. The Company has an explicit policy of not raising any long term debt. Going forward, the Company’s debt levels are expected to remain range-bound. The ratings incorporate four decades long association of sponsor family with the same industry.
The ratings are dependent upon the company’s ability to sustain its business profile in the wake of challenges in current diluted economic scenario. Herein, effective and prudent management of financial risk indicators remain important.

About the Entity
Jamal Pipes Industries (Pvt.) Limited was incorporated in 1981. It is engaged in manufacturing of pipes, tubes, tubular poles and guardrails which are used in different government and private projects. The company is wholly owned by the sponsors family with equal shareholdings by Mr. Mian Farooq Ahmed and Mr. Mian Shakeel Ahmed and their families. The overall control of Company vests with two members' board of directors. Mr. Farooq Ahmed - the Chief Executive and Mr. Shakeel Ahmed - Executive Director are equipped with necessary technical skills to manage and oversee the business.

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