Lahore –– The Pakistan Credit Rating Agency (PACRA) has assigned the long-term and short-term entity ratings of “A” (Single A) and “A1” (A One), to Tameer Microfinance Bank Limited. These ratings denote low expectation of credit risk emanating from a strong capacity for timely payment of financial commitments.
The ratings of TMBL reflect its association with an established multinational telecom service provider – Telenor. The ratings recognize the effective risk management systems, secured nature of its majority loan book, and low level of delinquencies. The bank envisages establishing itself as one of the leading micro-finance institutions in the country by expanding its geographic coverage, while gradually enhancing its market share. Meanwhile, business partnership with the parent with regard to „Easy paisa‟ helps in building a diversified revenue base. The bank‟s bottom-line, which recently turned green, thereby preventing further erosion in equity base, provides comfort to the ratings.
The ratings are dependent on the bank‟s ability to sustain its asset quality while building fresh loan portfolio in line with its growth objectives. Meanwhile, continuing support from Telenor, particularly strengthening control framework and increasing integration to gain synergic benefits, would remain important. Any significant erosion in the bank‟s asset quality, material change in collateral structure of loan book towards un-secured portfolio, or depletion in integration with Telenor may have negative implication on the ratings.