JCR-VIS assigns entity ratings of ‘BBB+/A-2’ to Inter Market Securities Limited

Karachi, November 20, 2015 (PPI-OT): JCR-VIS Credit Rating Company Ltd. (JCR-VIS) has assigned initial entity rating to Inter Market Securities Limited (IMSL) of ‘BBB+/A-2’ (Triple B Plus/A-Two). Outlook on the assigned ratings is ‘Stable’.

IMSL was incorporated in 2002 and since providing brokerage services to a limited group of clients. During 2015, the company was revitalized with the induction of quality resources in senior management positions to improve the performance of core operations and aid in positioning the company as a reputable brokerage and underwriting / placement services firm. The Chairman of the Board, Mr. Azneem Bilwani is also the main sponsor of the company holding majority shareholding.

The new senior management team put together includes a new CEO, Head of underwriting / placement services, Executive Director Research and Executive Director – Broking. These individuals with their relative experience in brokerage and underwriting / placement services are expected to prove valuable resources to the company for increasing market share and visibility, going forward. IMSL has also established an underwriting / placement services department during the year to focus on corporate relationships (advisory) and fund raising via equity subscription.

IMSL’s profitability has shown steady improvements to negate losses suffered during the 2008 market crash and provide the company with a sizeable net equity position. Brokerage services are primarily provided for ready markets with a small portion attributed to future trading and MTS (Margin Trading System).

The company has a clean balance sheet structure with secured trade debts and no significant long term liability. The company maintains a sizable equity portfolio (FY15: 0.96x of total equity). While the portfolio has provided substantial un-realized capital gains, it nevertheless poses significant market risk. The company intends on reducing the size of the aforementioned portfolio in the near term.

The company plans to focus on growth in revenue from brokerage services via foreign and domestic institutional clients. The launch of IMSL’s online trading platform should support growth in this aspect. Augmentation of core operation revenue including that from advisory services is deemed vital to provide growth and stability, going forward.

For more information, contact:
Ms. Sobia Maqbool
CFA
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
Email: sobia@jcrvis.com.pk