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PACRA Assigns Initial Entity Ratings to ORIX Modaraba

Rating Type Entity
Action Initial
Long Term AA
Short Term A1+
Outlook Stable
Rating Watch -

ORIX Modaraba's acquisition by ORIX Leasing Pakistan Limited (OLP) has been completed in FY16, wherein, OLP has acquired 100% stake in Modaraba's management company - now called ORIX Services Pakistan Limited (OSPL) - and 20% stake (direct and indirect) in ORIX Modaraba. This acquisition while further strengthening the risk management framework of ORIX Modaraba is expected to benefit the Modaraba through established outreach and experience of parent, particularly in SME segment, which the management of Modaraba has identified as key growth driver.

On standalone basis, ORIX Modaraba enjoys sound financial profile emanating from low leveraging, managed liquidity, and sustained profitability. Moreover, good management quality, strong risk management systems, and control environment provide strength to ORIX Modaraba's profile. The Modaraba maintains its healthy performance - particularly asset quality and profitability. The management's new business strategy envisages volumetric growth in assets to improve its performance trends. The expected growth would be funded through mix of internal sources and debt. However, the management expects to maintain the leveraging pattern at comfortable level.

The ratings are dependent on the management's ability to sustain its strong financial profile
while ensuring stable profitability.

About the Entity
ORIX Modaraba, is a perpetual, multipurpose Modaraba, listed on the Pakistan Stock Exchange. It is primarily engaged in financing of plant, machinery and vehicles. The parent company, OLP - 50% owned subsidiary of ORIX Corporation - Japan and rated "AA+" (Double A Plus) by PACRA is the biggest leasing company of Pakistan and has a network of 30 branches across the country at end-Dec16.

ORIX Modaraba's Board of Directors (BoD) comprises six members including the Chief Executive Officer. All the board members are ex-officio nominees of OLP. Chairman ORIX Modaraba Shaheen Amin an experienced professional, who has been associated with OLP for 30 years. The Chief Executive Officer of ORIX Modaraba, Mr. Raheel Q. Ahmad, an MBA from IIT, Chicago, has over 25 years of diversified corporate and investment banking experience with both national and international organizations. He is supported by a team of professionals with relevant experience in the financial industry.

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