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Date
02-Oct-17

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Rohail Amjad
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PACRA Maintain Entity Ratings of Premier Insurance Limited

Rating Type IFS
Current
(03-Oct-17)
Previous
(06-Apr-17)
Action Maintain Maintain
Long Term A A
Short Term - -
Outlook Stable Stable
Rating Watch - -

The rating reflects sustained efforts of the incumbent leadership to steer the company out of prevalent challenges. The company is envisaged to cautiously underwrite insurance business, with less concern to the absolute size. This is required thought caution must be exercised as to the company’s sustained market presence and sustainability of its human resource base. The results are depicted in the fall of GPW but with greater decrease in the amount of underwriting losses. The support to profitability has emanated from investment income, thought largely contributed by relatively high risk equity investments. The company has accumulated a high quantum of liabilities, duly cushioned by reinsurance receivables and liquid investments. Liquidity is essential and must be maintained at high levels.
The rating is dependent on fast ascend to positive performance matrix. Meanwhile, the management has to carefully manage its insurance asset liability structure wherein timely realization of outstanding premium along with smooth settlement of claims is critical. Any further dilution in the risk profile of the company may impact the rating.

About the Entity
Premier Insurance was incorporated in 1952 and is listed on Pakistan Stock Exchange. It holds
2% market share at end Jun' 17 and operates through two business Hubs South and North.
Crescent Group holds 70% shareholding. State Life Insurance Company is another major shareholder (11%). The Crescent Group (CG) operates in diversified sectors of textile, steel, sugar, software, and power. The end Jun' 17 accounts of the company were reviewed by M/s Deloitte Yousuf Adil while M/s Ernst and Young Ford Rhodes Sidat Hyder are engaged for the annual audit. The eight member board, including CEO, includes six representations of Crescent Group and one of State Life Insurance. Currently, the company has no independent director. Mr. Zahid Bashir, took over the charge of the company as CEO from June 2017.

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