In March 2019, Ashok Leyland had reported 5 per cent decline in total vehicles sales at 20,521 in domestic markets, as compared to 21,533 units in the year-ago month.
Meanwhile, rating agency ICRA upgraded the long-term rating of fund based limits of Ashok Leyland to AA+ from AA with stable outlook.
The upgrade in the long-term rating considers the sustained improvement in Ashok Leyland’s credit profile (both standalone and consolidated) in the last three-year period ending FY2019e, ICRA said in its rating rational.
The standalone credit profile is marked by strong volume growth in medium and heavy commercial vehicle (M&HCV) (domestic sales volume up by 10 per cent, three-year CAGR ending FY2019), stable market share (around 34 per cent), improving profitability supported by scale economies, increasing skew towards higher tonnage vehicles, various cost control initiatives, healthy liquidity position and its robust debt protection metrics, it added.
ICRA believes Ashok Leyland’s financial profile will remain healthy supported by stable demand outlook for the M&HCV and LCV segments. The outlook may be revised to 'Positive' with sustained growth in earnings, diversification of revenue base to counter cyclicality and comfortable debt protection metrics (both standalone and consolidated).