JCR-VIS reaffirms ratings of Grays Leasing Limited

Karachi, December 01, 2015 (PPI-OT): JCR-VIS Credit Rating Company Limited (JCR-VIS) has reaffirmed the entity ratings of Grays Leasing Limited (GLL) at ‘BB-/B’ (Double B Minus/Single B). Outlook on the assigned rating is ‘Stable’. The previous rating action was announced on December 11, 2014.

The ratings assigned to GLL take into account the weak risk profile of the institution owing to the on-going losses for the past several years which resulted in the erosion of the equity base. GLL’s equity is short of the minimum capital requirement (MCR) stipulated for deposit taking Non-Banking Finance Companies (NBFCs) undertaking business of leasing. Liquidity profile of GLL also remained stressed on account of weak portfolio quality and lack of access to market sources of funding.

The company remained restricted from raising deposits from the general public by the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) until regulatory compliance with capital requirements is achieved. GLL is dependent on the running finance facility provided by associated concern to fund its operations.

Leasing operations of the company remained subdued with focus primarily on recoveries. Asset quality indicators are weak with majority of the portfolio being classified; at end-FY15, net NPL’s are 1.5 times of tier-1 equity.

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