Sohail Ahmed Qureshi
PACRA Maintains Entity Ratings of Descon Oxychem Limited
The ratings recognize Descon Oxychem’s leading position in the local Hydrogen Peroxide (HPO) market, supplemented by efficient production processes, sound technological infrastructure and effective control environment. One of the only two manufacturers in Pakistan’s market, Descon Oxychem has gradually strengthened its footprint; particularly in the North region. After COVID-19 outbreak and subsequent lockdown, HPO prices have gone down due to lower demand, especially from the textile sector. Demand from textile has then revived on account of eventual easing of lockdown and resumption of operations. The Company managed to sustain its revenue during these challenging times through product diversification. The Company has introduced multipurpose disinfectant / sanitizer products to support its business profile. The Company has successfully completed its expansion project with increase of 25% capacity and plant has achieved new designed capacity in Feb21. Meanwhile, the financial risk profile remains strong characterized by efficient working capital management and strong coverages. The Company has obtained long term loan for expansion project and leveraging has gone up but yet manageable. Ratings further draw comfort from Descon Oxychem’s association with a financially sound and experienced business group - DESCON - which has continuously demonstrated support.
The ratings are dependent on improved competitiveness of the Company through product diversification to mitigate slowdown in demand. Timely translation of the expansion plan into better profitability would positively impact the ratings. Meanwhile, smooth operations from the current plant would remain important. Maintaining strong coverages and sustainable leveraging will remain critical.
Descon Oxychem Limited, incorporated in 2004, is a listed concern engaged in the production of Hydrogen Peroxide (HPO). The Company started commercial production in Mar 09. Descon Group, the principal sponsor of Descon Oxychem, holds majority shareholding ~73.56 % through associated companies while 26.44% stake rests with the general public and financial institutions. Descon Group has strong foothold in engineering business through its flagship company – Descon Engineering Limited. The Group, over the years, has expanded its horizons beyond Pakistan, particularly in the Middle East.
Descon Oxychem’s Board, comprising eight-members, is dominated by representatives of Descon Group. Mr. Taimur Dawood is the Chairman of the Board while Mr. Muhammad Mohsin Zia is the CEO of the Company who recently replaced Mr. Imran Qureshi. Mr. Mohsin Zia holds MBA from Institute of Business Administration, Karachi and has 27 years of diverse experience.