PACRA Assigns Preliminary Rating to JS Bank | TFC Tier 1
|Rating Type||Debt Instrument|
The ratings reflect improving relative position of JS Bank in the country's competitive banking landscape. This stems from enhanced system share in deposit and advances. The bank was able to maintain its customer deposit base at 9MCY18. The bank’s borrowings from financial institutions decreased. The increased liquidity has been deployed in advances (26% rise on YOY basis). The growth is substantial and needs continuous vigilance. NPLs have emerged in the recent period, which is a concern. The strategy of the bank is i) to foster penetration of existing network beyond 323 branches over the near-term; ii) spread advances book through different products over multiple sectors; The Bank has designed a broad spectrum of new products. iii) build non-fund based income; and iv) hold strength in treasury operations. The challenge to profitability is dried return of capital gains. The bank expects the profits to be boosted from growing direct and ancillary business. The bank is facing a challenge on its CAR. The management is pursuing another issue of bonds-Tier I this time to bolster its CAR. It would only enable it to comply with regulatory requirement for December 2018. Further room need to be created.
Ratings are dependent on JS Bank's ability to maintain its growth continuously to establish itself in the medium-sized banking space of Pakistan. Meanwhile, upholding asset quality, maintaining system share in terms of advances and deposits, adding diversity to income stream, sound CAR and strong governance framework are critical.
JS Bank Limited (JSBL), incorporated in March 2006, commenced its banking operations on December 30, 2006. JSBL is a subsidiary (~75%) of Jahangir Siddiqui & Company Limited (JSCL). Whereas the rest is widely spread. The overall control of the bank vests in the Board of Directors (BoD) including the CEO. Mr. Suleman Lalani has been appointed as Director, w.e.f October 01, 2018 and Chairman w.e.f October 26, 2018. He himself accompanied with diversified experience. Mr. Basir Shamsie joined as CEO in July, 2018. He possesses work experience of more than 25 years, primarily in the banking sector.
The bank has issued two TFCs which are unsecured, subordinated, privately placed to support Tier-II capital. The first TFC was issued in Dec-16 of amount PKR 3bln and other was issued on Dec-17 of amount PKR 2bln. The tenor is 7 years each based on 6M-KIBOR Plus 140bps p.a. payable semi-annually in arrears. Major Principal Repayment (99.76%) would be in two equal semiannual instalments of (49.88%) each, in the seventh year. JSBL retains the call option on profit payment date, which may be exercised, on or after five years of issue, subject to SBP’s approval.
The Bank is planning to issue its third TFC which would be Privately Placed / Listed, Unsecured, Subordinated, Perpetual and Non-Cumulative Debt Instruments in the nature of Additional Tier 1 Capital, TFCs of PKR 2.5bln (including green shoe option of PKR 500 million). Profit rate would be 6M-KIBOR+ 225bps points. Profit (if declared) will be payable semi-annually in arrears on the outstanding Issue Amount. First such profit payment will fall due six months from the Issue Date and subject to SBP’s approval. Tier I TFC is differentiated from Tier II in two key aspects: (i) perpetual & (ii) non-cumulative. Furthermore, upon reaching a pre-defined trigger point or point of non-viability (PONV), the Tier I TFC may be partially or fully converted into equity/written off as per the discretion/instructions of SBP.