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JCR-VIS Reaffirms Ratings of First Paramount Modaraba at BBB/A-3

by December 29, 2017 General

Karachi, December 29, 2017 (PPI-OT):JCR-VIS Credit Rating Company Limited (JCR-VIS) has reaffirmed entity ratings of First Paramount Modaraba (FPM) at ‘BBB/A-3’ (Triple B/A-Three). Outlook on the assigned ratings is ‘Stable’. The previous rating action was announced on December 30, 2016.

Given the six-month long restriction imposed by the regulator on raising additional COMs, financing portfolio (net of deferred income) of FPM reduced during FY17. Largest chunk of the portfolio is contributed by murabaha financing; business mix is expected to remain the same going forward. Despite concentration in the financing portfolio, a single exposure does not exceed more than 10% of its equity base. Nonetheless, quality of the financing portfolio must be maintained in order to ensure sustainability and growth in earnings. Infection levels of the company continue to remain low.

Despite a lower financing base, revenue base of the company increased on the back of proceeds from its in-house petrochemicals venture. Nevertheless, growth in the top-line was outweighed by increase in its expense base. Subsequently, profitability levels of the company declined in the period ending June 30, 2017. Going forward, management projects its in-house ventures to continue supporting its profitability levels.

FPM only mobilizes funds through Certificate of Musharaka (CoMs). With lifting of the regulator’s restriction on CoM issuance, the company plans to recoup its deposit base in order to finance operations. In order to fund growth of its financing portfolio, management also plans to inject approximately half of its paid up capital as equity during FY18; developments in this regard are yet to materialize. Liquidity profile has weakened on the back of limited liquid assets carried on balance sheet. The modaraba’s ability to maintain portfolio quality indicators and improve profitability while maintaining leverage within prudent limits will continue to be monitored by JCR-VIS.

For more information, contact:
JCR-VIS Credit Rating Company Limited
VIS House, 128/C,
25th Lane off Khayaban-e-Ittehad,
Phase VII, DHA, Karachi
Tel: +92-21-35311861-72
Fax: +92-21-35311873