Press Release
Date: 12-May-23
PACRA Upgrades Broker Fiduciary Rating of KTrade Securities Limited

Rating Details Rating Type BFR
Dissemination Date Current (12-May-23 ) Previous (12-May-22)
Action Upgrade Upgrade
Rating BFR 2 BFR 3++
Outlook Stable Stable
Rating Watch - -

Rating Rationale Factor Comment
Ownership Major stakes are owned by Oxford Frontier Capital, a UK based Fintech focused VC/PE firm which provides KTrade access to capital, expertise and global networking.
Governance The rating upgrade factors in the strengthening of governance structure and transparency with the diverse board and presence of independent directors.
Management and Client Services The rating takes comfort from a well-defined organizational structure and experienced management team. The integration of a customized CRM module has led to efficient reporting and increased customer
Internal Controls and Regulatory Compliance KTrade has further strengthened the control framework with the recent appointment of a separate head of risk management.
Business Sustainability KTrade's primary revenue stream is derived from equity brokerage, although diversification is present through its offerings in corporate finance while KTrade has also established a money market desk t
Financial Sustainability KTrade mitigates market risk by refraining from engaging in proprietary book investments. KTrade has managed to retain its market share despite of declining market volumes and economic uncertainty.

Key Rating Drivers The rating upgrade incorporates the strengthening of the internal control framework with the appointment of a separate head of risk management in addition to an outsourced internal audit and dedicated compliance function. The assigned rating takes comfort from a management team consisting of seasoned professionals providing the clients with access to a state-of-the-art mobile app and services such as web-based trading and up-to-date research reports. The rating accounts for the strong sponsors’ profile and a sound governance structure which has strengthened further with the addition of two independent directors. Financially, KTrade has performed in line with the market and has successfully managed to sustain its market share. To further enhance the financial viability, KTrade is making efforts to increase inflow from corporate finance, commodity trading, and money market desk. Going forward, the sustainability of the topline with a focus on cost control and upholding a strong control framework will remain critical for the assigned rating.

About the Entity
Legal Structure Public Limited
Year of Establishment 25-Apr-13
Type of License Trading and Self-clearing
Majority Ownership Oxford Frontier Capital Limited | ~60%

Regulatory Disclosures Analyst Applicable Criteria Related Research
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Methodology | Broker Fiduciary Rating | Jan-23

Sector Study | Brokerage & Securities | Jan-23

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