JCR-VIS upgrades the medium to long-term entity rating of First Paramount Modaraba

Karachi: JCR-VIS Credit Rating Company Limited (JCR-VIS) has upgraded the medium to long-term entity rating of First Paramount Modaraba (FPM) to ‘BBB’ (Triple B) from ‘BBB-’ (Triple B Minus). Short-term rating has been maintained at ‘A-3’ (A-Three). Outlook on ratings has been revised to ‘Stable’.

Rating takes into account the Modaraba’s ability to tide over the challenging environment with prudent portfolio management, minimizing delinquencies and effective decision making. During FY11, FPM has successfully divested its investment in CNG sector, which is faced with uncertainty due to declining natural gas reserves and increasing competition. Business has been redirected towards enhanced activity in murabaha financing and rent and sale of generators.

Though the Modaraba has been consistently posting positive bottom line over the years, sustainability and growth in earnings is now largely dependent on the quality of the financing portfolio which increased considerably in the most recent period. Going forward, the ability to maintain portfolio quality indicators will remain a challenge amidst on-going uncertainty in the business environment. JCR-VIS will continue to monitor trends in this respect.

Being secondary market borrowers, the Modaraba has also been faced with growth limitations amidst high interest rates in the economy. The issuance of Certificates of Musharaka (CoMs), subsequent to approval of SECP, has allowed the Modaraba to diversify its funding base and reduce reliance on bank borrowings. With limited opportunities to expand financing portfolio, the Modaraba intends to continue with a conservative stance on generating funds from CoMs.

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