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PACRA Maintains IFS Rating of Atlas Insurance Limited

Rating Type IFS
Action Maintain Maintain
Long Term AA AA
Short Term - -
Outlook Stable Stable
Rating Watch - -

Atlas Insurance is a mid-sized insurance company with a constantly growing underwriting performance as a result of quality insurance business and a stable business mix. The rating reflects financial soundness of the company alongside providing benefits in terms of sustained low-risk captive business, while ensuring sound governance framework. The growth in auto sector in which the group has more exposure goes to the advantage of Atlas Insurance, noticeable growth in non-captive business bodes well for improved footprints in the market. The bottom-line is supplemented by high investment income, ensuring increased profits after tax for the company. AIL, with launch of window takaful operations, now aims to spur growth through Shariah compliant products as well though current volume is low. The rating takes into account robust liquidity profile, providing strong coverage to the company's obligations. The company has a strong panel of reinsurers with favorable treaty terms and prudent risk retention policies.
The rating is dependent on sustained improvement in business and financial metrics of the company in line with its relative positioning with in the industry. At the same time, liquidity profile should continue to cushion the liabilities. Improvement in claims management system should translate into reduced claims turnaround time.

About the Entity
Atlas Insurance Limited - listed on Pakistan Stock Exchange - started operations in 1935. The company provides all major types of conventional and non-conventional general insurance services and has a network of 21 branches across the country. Atlas Group - having 78% stake in AIL - is a leading conglomerate of the country with interests in Auto, Engineering, Power, Financial sectors and Trading. The group has established an Executive Committee that liaises with the management team of individual companies to offer insight into strategic direction. The group also has a Group Advisory Board, headed by Mr. Yusuf H. Shirazi, the founder of the group.

The Board of Directors of AIL comprises seven members, including one independent director. The CEO, Mr. Arshad P. Rana, has profound experience both in domestic and international market. He is assisted by a team of qualified and experienced professionals.

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