Muhammad Noor Ul Haq
PACRA Upgrades Entity Ratings of Kingcrete Builders
Kingcrete Builders is a partnership – led primarily by the Minhas family. The firm has exhibited renewed energy ever since the induction of the second generation. The partners with different skills set have clearly defined roles in the company. Kingcrete Builders was originally focused on construction and building works but recently the firm has recently expanded its wings and is working of multiple projects of varying sizes and nature. Projects in hand and lying in the pipeline are adequate and reported profitability is seeing a rising trend. Financial profile has improved as multiple ongoing and recently completed projects have provided ample profits. The expansion in business is expected to reflect positively on the future risk profile of the entity.
The ratings are dependent upon the corporate governance principles, internal control systems and financial strength of Kingcrete Builders. Adherence of sound financial discipline while improving working capital management and strengthening debt servicing capacity through improving cash position is pivotal for the ratings. Improving the topline and sustaining it is also vital.
Kingcrete was established in 1976 by the founder of the firm, Major (R) Nawaz A Minhas, a civil engineer by profession. Significant building projects to its credit are the 18 storey Navy Heights Karachi, Mall of Lahore in Cantt, DHA O/A Levels School in Karachi, ICI Office Buildings in Karachi, Naval Headquarters in Islamabad, Safari Villas in Bahria Town Rawalpindi, Hyperstar in Islamabad and Lahore, CMH Rawalpindi, and rehabilitation of Pearl Continental Hotels in Karachi, Rawalpindi and Lahore.
Kingcrete, as a partnership, doesn’t have a formal board of directors structure. The company is being run by the partners as they have their respective roles in the management of the firm.