JCR-VIS reaffirms ratings of First Paramount Modaraba

Lahore, January 29, 2013 (PPI-OT): JCR-VIS Credit Rating Company Limited (JCR-VIS) has reaffirmed the medium to long-term entity rating of First Paramount Modaraba (FPM) at ‘BBB’ (Triple B). Short-term rating has also been reaffirmed at ‘A-3’ (A-Three). Outlook on the rating is ‘Stable’.

Ratings take into account the conservative risk profile of the modaraba, allowing it to maintain balance sheet risk at manageable levels. Moreover, a 30% rights issue has been completed recently. Profitability from continuing operations has almost doubled in FY12 due to decrease in infection and improvement in spreads during FY12.

The modaraba has reduced reliance on secondary market funding by establishing access to COMs which are more stable and carry lower cost. Despite decrease in discount rate, the modaraba was able to maintain yield on financing portfolio in FY12 around prior period level resulting in improvement in spreads.

There has also been an improvement in liquid assets carried on balance sheet. Although concentration in the COM portfolio is notable, the modaraba has adequate liquidity and access to credit lines to fulfill any unexpected withdrawal requests. 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:
Hammad Rashid
The Pakistan Credit Rating Agency Limited (PACRA)
Awami Complex, FB1, Usman Block New Garden Town,
Lahore – Pakistan
Tel: +9242 586 9504 -6
Fax: +9242 583 0425
Email: hammad.rashid@pacra.com
Web: www.pacra.com

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