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PACRA Maintains Entity Ratings of First Habib Modaraba

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

The ratings reflect FHM’s strong business profile emanating from healthy asset base, sound asset quality and sustained profitability. The cost of funding has increased and despite improved asset yield, spreads have diluted. Furthermore, overall profitability has also been maintained through enhancement of financing asset size. Liquidity is being well maintained by investing in TDRs. FHM managed to sail through its devised strategy to beef-up its business volumes to maintain its bottom-line performance by maintaining its asset quality. FHM’s capital provides strong support to the funding structure of the Modaraba, equally aided by Certificates of Musharaka (CoM). The overall capital structure shows an inclination towards leveraging.

Going forward, the management, while continuing with its strategy, intends to expand its outreach in prudent manner through parent bank branch network. However, keeping in view of present slowdown in business and muted economic growth, FHM intend to cautiously move forward and will be more careful for new asset financing extended to existing or fresh customer base in the ongoing financial year. The ratings take into account good management quality and a strong control environment and also reaching other customers through different business model.
The ratings are dependent on the management's ability to sustain its competitive positioning while ensuring stable profitability. The ratings also depend upon keeping its financial profile intact. Any significant change in its risk profile may adversely impact the ratings.

About the Entity
First Habib Modaraba, established in 1985 and listed on Pakistan Stock Exchange, is a perpetual, multi-purpose Modaraba engaged in Islamic modes of financing, mainly Diminishing Musharaka and Ijarah financing. Habib Metropolitan Modaraba Management Company (Pvt.) Limited (HMMML) (wholly owned subsidiary of Habib Metropolitan Bank) is a management company of FHM. HMMML hold 10% stake in Modaraba, while the remaining shareholding is same.

The board consist of six members. All board members are non-executive except the CEO. All the board members have a vast experience of banking and finance. The CEO, Mr Muhammad Shoaib Ibrahim, Ex-Chairman of NBFI and Modaraba Association has been associated with the Modaraba since its inception. He is supported by experienced team members.

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