PACRA Maintains Ratings of Jahangir Siddiqui & Co. Limited
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The ratings reflect JSCL's strong risk absorption capacity emanating from a sizeable investment portfolio mainly financed through equity. These are pre-dominantly strategic in nature; notably most are listed with adequate liquidity. During the year, the company penetrated further into financial & technological sector through equity injection The company has also build a non-strategic book of investments having a market value of over PKR 4 bln alongwith sizeable cash placements. This include a sizeable investment in technology sector along with other investments. JSCL's financial profile continues to benefit from the ensuing dividend stream, though currently low, which is expected to increase with improving underlying entities. JSCL's financial profile includes its profitable strategic investments in financial sector - JS Bank and EFU Insurance, providing strong position in ensuing consistent dividend stream. The company plans to build exposure in the power and technological sectors. The oversight framework for the strategic investments is improving. JSCL has a low leveraged capital structure.
The ratings are dependent on the company's ability to augment cash producers in its investment book. The improvement in the performance of the company's strategic investments provides comfort. Diversification of the investment book among sectors would be beneficial. Immaculate financial discipline remains important for the ratings.
JSCL, listed on PSX and established in 1991, is the holding company for Jahangir Siddiqui (JS) group's businesses .The majority shareholding (43%) in JSCL is held by Mr. Jahangir Siddiqui, followed by SAJ Capital (6%). JSCL's overall control vests in its eight members BoD (including the CEO). The board includes two JS family members along with five other group nominees (including CEO), and one independent director. The CEO, Mr. Suleman Lalani, FCA, carries extensive experience in financial industry. He has been associated with JS Group since 1992.