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22-Dec-20

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Faiqa Qamar
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PACRA Maintains Entity Ratings of Sayban International, Outlook "Positive"

Rating Type Entity
Current
(22-Dec-20)
Previous
(24-Dec-19)
Action Maintain Maintain
Long Term BB+ BB+
Short Term A3 A3
Outlook Positive Stable
Rating Watch - -

Sayban International ("Sayban" or "the AOP") operates in four segments: i) Pesticides ii) Micro-Fertilizer, iii) Seeds and iv) Fertilizer and is one of the leading players in the first segment. It has laid the milestone of introducing ‘bio fertilizers’ in Pakistan. The AOP has a sizeable turnover, with contribution from each segment, while pesticide business remains predominant in terms of revenue. Business profitability is sanguine. Sayban has managed to mark its presence in the market through operational efficacy. The AOP retains it market share despite fragmentation in the crop protection industry and uncertainties at the economic and agricultural level. Pesticides, an essential commodity for food security, was included in the exception list from lockdown during COVID-19. Additionally, the attack of locust on Sindh Belt of Thar and near Kasur belt in Punjab encouraged the provincial governments to take aggressive steps and make adequate use of pesticides. Therefore, demand for pesticides on overall basis remain steady. Historically, Sayban was a part of the Auriga Group, through restructuring and separation of business partners. Now, the AOP operates in the ambit of Sayban Group. The group has also set up other companies to expand its agricultural presence, one of which is a pesticides business - Comega Life Sciences (Pvt.) Ltd. Going forward, the Group plans to acquire Sayban International through a newly formed entity, Sayban Zarai Markaz (Pvt.) Ltd. Sayban meets its working capital requirements through a mix of internal cashflows and short term borrowings. Financial risk profile remains comfortable on account of moderately leveraged capital structure and strong coverages. The assigned Positive Outlook captures the expected trajectory of Sayban in future wherein the top-line would grow and financial benefits would accrue.
The ratings are dependent on sustained business and financial risk profile of the AOP. Meanwhile, improvement in governance practices would be beneficial for the ratings.

About the Entity
Sayban International (under Sayban Group) was incorporated in 2005 as an AoP. Sayban started its operations in 2007 and has been working independently since 2015. Previously, the Group was owned by seven partners. Post restructuring, the AoP's shareholding constitutes three partners with Mr. Muhammad Azam Cheema and Mr. Shamsher Hussain holding 44.18% each. While, the remaining shareholding vests with Mr Muhammad Tariq.
Sayban does not have a formal BOD structure being an AoP. All the three partners are actively involved in the management. Mr. Muhammad Azam Cheema manages the AoP as its CEO. He possesses vast business acumen spanning over two and half decades. He is supported by a team of experienced professionals.

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