PACRA Upgrades Entity Ratings of Engro Polymer and Chemicals Limited

Lahore, January 25, 2018 (PPI-OT):The ratings recognize Engro Polymer’s established foothold in the local PVC segment and leading position in caustic soda market. This emanates from efficient production process, sound technological infrastructure, and effective control environment. EPCL is the only manufacturer of Poly Vinyl Chloride (PVC), having dominant market share. The Company has successfully created liking for its products. Lately, it is enjoying strong margins attributed to global supply crunch, softened ethylene prices along with incremental domestic consumption; boding well with the overall profitability.

Although EPCL has limited influence on both price ends (i) Ethylene – key raw material, and (ii) PVC – key product, import and anti-dumping duties benefit. On demand side, expanding economy – particularly construction – has led to double digit growth; a trend that is expected to hold. On the Caustic Soda front (the other major product), the company enjoys adequate margins and eloquent market share in the southern region, close to plant location.

The uptick in profits, in turn free cashflows, has yielded favourably for EPCL’s financial profile. This is reflected in efficient working capital cycle and healthy coverages; hence, financial risk stays well managed. Moreover, EPCL’s debt-reprofiling has further eased pressure on its financial risk profile. The ratings also reflect EPCL’s association with one of the country’s leading conglomerate – Engro Corp. This association has benefited the company historically.

EPCL is planning to add a capacity of 100K tons to PVC operations and significant debottlenecking of VCM plant. The cost is expected to be little above PKR 10bln. This is going to mainly (~50%) funded through fresh equity while the balance would be a combination of debt and internal generation.

EPCL’s expansionary stance would likely to benefit the company and this is not expected to push up leveraging significantly.The ratings are dependent upon holding sustained operations and continuity of improved margins. Execution of planned expansion, while, with the new debt to be acquired, maintenance of coverages would remain critical.

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