PACRA Maintains Entity Ratings of Awan Trading Company (Pvt.) Limited
The ratings reflect adequate profile of Awan Trading Company characterized by stable market share in imported coal, especially retail market. Over the last few years, the company has improved its business and financial profile. The Company imports majority of its raw material, where currency fluctuations and pricing risk effect margins. The management intends to pass on the impact onto customers, though demand sensitivity is a consideration. The company has arrangements regarding supply of coal with various suppliers globally. Awan Trading Company follows strategy of keeping some inventory in stock which is stored in rented/custom bonded warehouses. The business profile is facing a challenge in terms of topline and profits. In this respect, the recent favorable decision about the taxation regime should support the company in coming days.The Awan Group caters to the coal demand of the corporates through another entity as well as having profitable operations. The financial risk profile is adequate. The company has sizable lines (funded and un-funded) available from different banks to cater to supplier demand though utilization level is still high compared to turnover.
Going forward, management’s attention on sustainable customer base is imperative. The ratings are dependent on the company’s ability to maintain its market position. Proactive management of business affairs, thus sustaining margins and coverages is important. Meanwhile, strengthening in governance structure is needed to improve financial transparency and oversight.
Awan Trading Company (Pvt.) Limited was established in October 1992. However, it remained dormant for several years till 2002. The company is engaged in import and trading of coal. The overall control of the company vests in four member board of directors (BoD) including the Chief Executive – Mr. Aslam Awan. Mr. Kamlesh Kumar and Mr. Govind Ram hold executive position on board. Mr. Aslam Awan, the CEO, is associated with the company since its inception and is accompanied by management having long association with the company.