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PACRA Maintains Entity Ratings of Ghandhara Nissan Limited

Rating Type Entity
Action Maintain Maintain
Long Term A A
Short Term A1 A1
Outlook Stable Stable
Rating Watch - -

Ghandhara Nissan Limited (GNL) operates in the truck segment of the automobile sector. Presently, the company deals in Chinese and European brands. Company's performance was diluted owing to discontinuation of UD Trucks, which they managed to beef up with other alternative products. Ghandhara Nissan is solidifying its position in the market through the launch of JAC X-200 and Renault Trucks, recently. The company is also working to come into the passenger car segment. Keeping in view of the current market scenario the turnout of these initiatives is pivotal. The current economic slowdown and rupee devaluation though added pressure on the business profile of the company. 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 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.

About the Entity
Incorporated in 1981, Ghandhara Nissan Limited (GNL) is a group Company of Bibojee Services (Pvt.) Limited - founded by Gen. Habibullah Khattak in 1960’s with interests in various industrial sectors including Textile, Auto, Tyres & Rubber, Insurance and Construction. The principle business of the company is assembly/progressive marketing of vehicles including JAC trucks, import and sale of Nissan, Dongfeng and Renault vehicles in completely built up conditions and assembling of other vehicles under contract agreement. The board comprises ten members; four represent the sponsoring family. Mr. Raza Kuli Khan Khattak is Chairman of the board whereas Mr. Ahmed Kuli Khan Khattak serves as the CEO.

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