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JCR-VIS Revises Management Quality Rating of Faysal Asset Management Limited

Karachi, October 12, 2017: JCR-VIS Credit Rating Company Ltd. has revised the Management Quality (MQ) Rating of Faysal Asset Management Limited (FAML) from ‘AM3++’ (AM-Three Double Plus) to ‘AM3+’ (AM-Three Single Plus). Outlook on the assigned rating is ‘Stable’. The previous rating action was announced on May 4, 2016.

The company’s equity level remains below the regulatory minimum capital requirement of Rs. 230m. In order to bridge this gap, management is undertaking capital restructuring plan by way of a subordinated loan from its main sponsor, Faysal Bank Limited (FBL). This would enable regulatory compliance and facilitate in launching new funds. However, carrying return would not provide the revenue support given that proceeds from the loan will be placed in one of its funds; return from the fund is expected to offset cost of the loan.

Rating continues to be underpinned by operational losses being experienced by the company and turnover has been witnessed at key senior management positions since last review. Going forward, stability of the management team, which is being addressed, is considered important to achieve long term objectives of the company. Achievement of targets specified in the business plan is also a key rating factor.

Although the AMC has revamped its sales and distribution model, the total Assets Under Management (AUMs) amounted to Rs. 8.7b (FY17: Rs. 7.9b; FY16: Rs. 8.7b; FY15: Rs. 7.7b) at end-September 2017. As per projections, AUMs are targeted to reach Rs. 30b which are likely to aid in achieving breakeven by end-FY20. Proportion of retail investment has increased over past two years with continued growth efforts in this area. Although performance of the company’s smaller funds has depicted improvement - with respect to all other larger funds, there is room to deliver comparable returns relative to peers.

For further information on this rating announcement, please contact the undersigned (Ext: 201) at 021-35311861-70 or fax to 021-35311873.

Javed Callea

Applicable Rating Criteria: Asset Management Companies (March 2016)

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