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PACRA Assigns Initial Debt Instrument Ratings of Jahangir Siddiqui & Co. Limited |TFC-XI|Mar-18

Rating Type Debt Instrument
(16-Aug-18 )
Action Initial
Long Term AA+
Short Term -
Outlook Stable
Rating Watch -

The ratings reflect JSCL’s strong presence as a Holding Company in the financial sector with a basket of strategic investments most prominent of which are JS Bank, Bank Islami Pakistan, EFU Life Assurance and EFU General Insurance. While JS Bank is on its path to establish itself in the medium sized banking sector, Bank Islami, lately, achieved pre-provisioning operational break-even. Meanwhile, EFU Life and EFU General continue as a stable income stream for the Company. JSCL has made significant progress with its diversification strategy in energy, petroleum, and infrastructure segment. It is in the process of making investments in LPG storage and Oil Marketing Company. JSCL is envisaging an investment accretion of around PKR 4bln in the near term. This is predominantly being funded by it's debt instruments. Although the investment activity has increased the debt exposure for the Company, it still remains within moderate limits.
Ratings draw strength from the Company’s moderately leveraged capital structure and continuing growth trajectory in its existing strategic investments. Meanwhile, strict financial discipline in terms of coverages remains critical for ratings.

About the Entity
Jahangir Siddiqui & Co. Ltd. (JSCL), successor to brokerage business started in early seventies by Mr. Jahangir Siddiqui, was established in 1991 and is listed on the Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX). JSCL, JS Group’s flagship holding company, has portfolio of investments categorized into a) subsidiaries, b) available for sale, and c) held for trading. Investments in the financial segment dominate the portfolio, with significant concentration in the banking and insurance sector. New investment include energy, petroleum and infrastructure. Jahangir Siddiqui Group owns 72.5% shareholding in the company. Chief Justice (R) Mr. Mahboob Ahmed is Chairman of the BoD and Mr. Suleman Lalani, is CEO of the Company.

About the Instrument
TFC 11- TFC of PKR 1,500mln issued in Mar-18 secured by pledge of marketable securities in a designated account with the CDC. Markup is paid semi-annually at a floating rate of 6MK + 1.40% p.a. Repayment would start in Sept-20 and will fully mature in Mar-23. TFCs are required to obtain listing within a period of 180 days from date of the issue.

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