Press Release

VIS Assigns Initial Entity Ratings to Growth Securities (Private) Limited

Karachi, May 19, 2020: VIS Credit Rating Company Ltd. (VIS) has assigned initial entity ratings of ‘A-/A-2’ (Single A Minus/A-Two) to Growth Securities (Private) Limited (GSPL). The long term rating of ‘A-’ signifies good credit quality with adequate protection factors. Risk may vary slightly from time to time because of economic conditions. Short term rating of ‘A-2’ depicts good certainty of timely payment where liquidity factors are sound and good access to capital markets. Outlook on the assigned ratings is ‘Stable’.

GSPL is engaged in provision of equity brokerage services to clients. The assigned ratings incorporate company’s moderately leveraged capital structure, satisfactory operating profitability and adequate liquidity indicators. However, ratings are constrained by governance and internal control framework of the company which may be improved through inclusion of additional directors and increased oversight. The assigned ratings also take into account company’s exposure to market risk due to its proprietary book. Diversification in revenue sources can be undertaken to lower risk of volatility in earnings. In view of the same, GSPL plans to grow its institutional brokerage business and initiate corporate advisory during the ongoing year. Disruption in operations due to coronavirus outbreak and impact of the same on market volumes remains a business risk factor.

The ratings are dependent on maintenance of rating benchmarks, low leverage indicators, retention of key personnel, sustainability of operating profitability and successful execution of envisaged business plan. Meanwhile, strengthening of internal controls and diligent monitoring of risks is also important from ratings perspective.

For further information on this rating announcement, please contact the undersigned (Ext: 306) or Mr. Muhammad Ibad Desmukh (Ext: 205) at 021-35311861-71 or email at

Faryal Ahmad Faheem
Deputy CEO

Applicable rating criteria: Methodology - Securities Firms Rating (June 2017)

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