CRISIL upgrades the Credit Rating of KARAM GROUP

CRISIL Ratings has upgraded its ratings on the bank facilities of Karam Group to ‘CRISIL A/Stable/CRISIL A1’ from ‘CRISIL A-/Stable/CRISIL A2+’

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10th May 2022, National:  The company has achieved this upgrade after 3 years of sustained improvement in all financial and business metrics. The upgrade reflects the improvement in the business risk profile of the group driven by higher revenue in fiscal 2022 backed by enhanced demand from the exports market, introduction of new products under health care segment and increased revenue composition under own brand. The group also has strong presence as original equipment manufacturer supplier to numerous safety brands both in India and abroad. The group has strong market position and diversified endues industry base (safety and industrial; health care and retail). It has established itself as a leading manufacturer of personal safety and fall protection safety equipment with strong brand recall.

Despite sluggish demand and lockdown restrictions during the first quarter, revenue posted a 50% year-on-year growth and expected more than Rs 700 crore in fiscal 2022. Operating margin, at 23.0-24.0% in fiscal 2022, is expected at similar levels in fiscals 2023 and 2024, backed by better capacity utilisation and backward integration of operations. The ratings continue to reflect the robust market position of the group and the extensive experience of its promoters in the safety equipment segment. Across India, only 5-10% companies fall under this category.

Speaking on the same, Mr. Hemant Sapra (President, Global Marketing) at KARAM Safety Pvt. Ltd.  said, “All the employees and entities of KARAM Group are excited about the CRISIL Ratings upgrades. This will enhance our companies credibility and widen our audiences, it is an important step in our growth & diversification. It reflects our continuous hard work, dedication and better than expected operating performance. We want to keep up the momentum and continue working towards achieving such milestones in the future.”

The Long Term rating of CRISIL A represents that investment in Group is considered to have an adequate degree of safety, it includes timely servicing of financial obligations with low credit risk in Long term. The Short Term rating of CRISIL A1 represents that Investment in Group is considered to have a Strong degree of safety regarding timely servicing of financial obligations with lowest credit risk in the Short Term.

Rating Trend of last 4 years:

Particulars 2018 2019 2022
KSPL – Long Term CRISIL BBB+ CRISIL A-/Stable CRISIL A/Stable
KSPL – Short Term CRISIL A2+ CRISIL A2+ CRISIL A1
PNI – Long Term CRISIL BBB+ CRISIL A-/Stable CRISIL A/Stable
PNI – Short Term CRISIL A2+ CRISIL A2+ CRISIL A1

*There was no change in rating in 2020 and 2021