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PACRA assigns Initial Broker Fiduciary Rating to AL Habib Capital Markets (Pvt.) Limited
Date: 19-Jul-21

Rating Details Rating Type Broker Fiduciary Rating
Action Initial --
Rating BFR 2+ --
Outlook Stable --
Rating Watch - --

Rating Rationale Factor Comment
Ownership The Company is a subsidiary of Bank AL Habib Limited with 66.67% stake. The remaining stake is held by Habib Family, friends and associates.
Governance The Company has six directors on the board including CEO and chairman. There are five non-executive directors and one executive director.
Management and Client Services The Company has well developed organizational structure to manage its operations and appropriate policies to protect the client's interest and to preserve their good faith and trust.
Internal Controls and Regulatory Compilance The Company has an in-house internal audit department, which monitors implementation of the policies and procedures of AHCML . Audit Committee further ensures an effective control environment.
Business Sustainability The topline of the Company is concentrated in the equity brokerage income which clocked in at ~PKR 94mln at end CY20 (CY19: ~PKR 41mln).
Financial Sustainability Due to low leveraging, capitalization indicators are considered strong. The Company has proprietary investments, mostly in GoP securities, hence exposed to some market risk.

Key Rating Drivers The broker fiduciary rating of AL Habib Capital Markets (Pvt.) Limited ("AHCML" or "The Company") reflects the Company's association with a well-established bank which is one of the dominant players in the banking sector. The assigned rating takes into account the well experienced management team, and well established compliance protocols. The Governance framework of the Company is in compliance with Securities Brokers Regulation 2016. The Company has established rigorous protocols regarding risk assessment by implementing KYC, CDD, AML and CFT which bodes well for the rating. Following the recent boom in traded volumes of stock exchange, the core revenue of the Company remained buoyant and the Company maintained its market share to average ~2.5%. The Company maintains proprietary investments, mostly in GoP securities, hence exposed to some market risk. The Net Capital Balance of the Company clocked in at ~PKR 240mln with an equity base of ~PKR 347mln as at end CY20. The topline of the Company is concentrated in the equity brokerage income. The Company earned profit amounting to ~PKR 30mln during CY20 (CY19: ~PKR -11mln). The ratings are dependent on the management's ability to retain its market share and enhance the volumes and diversity of revenue to improve its competitive position in the brokerage industry. Retention of key personnel, adherence to regulatory requirements, and sustainability of profitability will remain imperative from ratings perspective.

About the Entity
Legal Structure Private Limited
Year of Establishment 23-Aug-05
Type of License Trading and Self-clearing
Majority Ownership Bank AL Habib Limited

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