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PACRA Maintains Entity Ratings of BankIslami Pakistan Limited

Rating Type Entity
(24-Jun-22 )
(24-Jun-21 )
Action Maintain Maintain
Long Term A+ A+
Short Term A1 A1
Outlook Positive Positive
Rating Watch - -

Assigned ratings incorporate BIPL’s good capitalization, sustained market share (both in terms of advances as well as deposits). The Bank’s net profitability enhanced attributable to reversal of provision whilst there was decline in net markup income due to the attrition in markup earned. The Bank was able to achieve good operating profits and sustained non markup income; trend should continue. The Bank’s customer deposit recorded significant addition tilted towards current deposits. Hence, upward trend in CASA recorded (end-Dec21: 68.1%, end-Dec20: 62.7%). Key positions are headed by experienced individuals. The focus is on risk management, IT infrastructure, workforce strengthening and customer facilitation which is assisting the bank in achieving operational efficiency. The Bank’s CAR is at 14.2% in CY21. The positive outlook captures improved profitability, enhanced liquidity, and sizable increase in funding base driven by deposits, largely sustained infection and better CAR. Successful execution of the business strategy, while improving efficacy of the risk management framework to improve asset quality will remain vital. Going forward, the Bank will continue with its pro-business and pro-tech strategy by placing emphasis towards escalation in trade business, enhancement in low-cost CASA deposits, widening its corporate and consumer financing book.
Pakistan’s economy has gone through several varied phases in last two years due to the COVID19 pandemic. Banking sector continued to flourish with high profitability. Going forward, the macro-economic environment is beset with myriad challenges due to heightened interest rate, tightening of demand, rupee depreciation and higher infection. This has repercussions for the entire system including banking.
The Bank had a successful right issue of PKR 1bn in 2019 and ADT-1 of PKR 2bn in 2020. There were a total of 190 investors who participated in ADT-1 Sukuk as it is a listed instrument. The Bank is also in the process to issue a new ADT-1 Sukuk of PKR 1bln.

About the Entity
BIPL, a scheduled Islamic bank, commenced operations in Apr-06 and is listed on PSX. BIPL has 341 branches as at March-22.. The four business groups hold a cumulative 72.9% stake namely Jahangir Siddiqui & Company Limited (JSCL) (21.3%), Mr. Ali Hussain along with SAJ Capital Management Limited (24.4%), Randeree Family (~14.3%), and Emirates NBD Bank PJSC (13.0%). BIPL’s eight-member board of directors (BoD) including CEO constitutes representatives of sponsoring groups and independent directors. Mr. Syed Amir Ali joined bank as Deputy CEO in Apr-18. He took up the position of ‘President & CEO' in Oct-18. He is a Chartered Accountant and CFA Charter holder, carrying more than one-decade of Islamic Banking experience mainly of Meezan Bank.

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