JCR-VIS upgrades rating of Taurus Securities Limited to A (Single A)

Karachi, November 26, 2012 (PPI-OT): JCR-VIS Credit Rating Company Ltd. has upgraded the medium to long term entity rating of Taurus Securities Limited (TSL) from ‘A-’ (Single A Minus) to ‘A’ (Single A). Short-term rating of TSL is ‘A-2’ (A-Two). Outlook on the rating is ‘Stable’.

The rating decision takes into account the favourable developments in sector dynamics; introduction of Institutional Delivery System (IDS) has notably reduced the settlement risk associated with institutional clients that contribute a major proportion of TSL’s business.

Moreover, the company has managed to remain consistently profitable during significant downturns in the stock market. Even though earnings have come under pressure, cost reduction has allowed the company to sustain overheads in a profitable manner in times of low volumes at the bourses. In the absence of a proprietary book, the company is not directly exposed to market risk. Some indirect risk arises on account of investment in margin trading system and spread transactions.

Given the effective monitoring of receivables, significant margin requirement from retail clients, limits on corporate counterparties and the fact that majority of the institutional clients are members of the IDS, credit risk emanating from core business activity is considered manageable.

Ratings also derive strength from TSL’s majority shareholder, National Bank of Pakistan (NBP), being the largest commercial bank in Pakistan. NBP lends support to TSL in terms of business generation and secured finance facility.

For more information, contact:
Mr. Javed Callea
JCR-VIS Credit Rating Company Limited
Tel: +9221 35311861 (10 lines) (Ext: 501)
Fax: +9221 35311872-3
E mail: javed.callea@jcrvis.com.pk

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