Press Release

JCR-VIS reaffirms ratings of Taurus Securities Limited

Karachi, October 17, 2005: JCR-VIS Credit Rating Company Ltd. has reaffirmed the medium to long-term entity rating of Taurus Securities Limited (TSL) at ‘A-’ (Single A minus) with a ‘Stable’ outlook. Short-term rating has also been reaffirmed at ‘A-2’.

Ratings take into consideration the implied support of National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) with 58.32% shareholding. While changes at the helm of the institution were witnessed over the last year, continuity in company policies has been maintained. The company has mostly remained cautious in terms of proprietary exposure to the equities’ market, margin requirements against client trades and client screening. Client base of the company has remained stable and quality of trade debts has also remained sound. Recently, the management has also taken measures to improve transparency in operations.

While the company benefited during the earlier part of the year from the positive trends in the stock market, going forward, diversification of business is essential to circumvent the volatility arising from equity broking business.

For further information on this rating announcement, please contact Mr. Muhammad Ameen (Ext: 233) or Ms. Sabeen Saleem (Ext: 222) at 5671822/5671833/5680996 or fax to 5681105/5671600.

Faheem Ahmad
President & CEO

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