Press Release

JCR-VIS reaffirms ratings of Taurus Securities Limited at A- /A-2 with Stable outlook

Karachi, September 25, 2006: 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’.

The assigned ratings derive strength from implied support of the major sponsoring institution. TSL’s business style has remained conservative over the years. Increasing levels of margin requirements, strict monitoring of the same and absence of a proprietary book has shielded the company against credit and market risk in times of greater volatility. Furthermore, business volumes continue to be derived largely from institutional clients of sound repute. The level of controls is expected to improve further with the deployment of MIS solution, currently under active consideration.

While cautious expansion in terms of operating sites has been undertaken over the last year, periods of lean activity have nevertheless affected the company’s revenues. The volatility inherent in brokerage business is thus reflected in profit reported over the last few quarters and meaningful diversification of business lines has yet to be achieved.

For further information on this rating announcement, please contact Mr. Safdar Kazi (Ext: 221) or Ms. Sabeen Saleem (Ext: 222) at 5671822/5671833/5680996 or fax to 5681105/5671600.

Faheem Ahmad
President & CEO

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