Press Release

JCR-VIS maintains ratings of Pak-Gulf Leasing Company Limited at BBB+/A-2
 

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Karachi, January 11, 2007: JCR-VIS Credit Rating Company Limited (JCR-VIS) has maintained the entity ratings of Pak-Gulf Leasing Company Limited (PGL) at ‘BBB+/A-2’ (Triple B Plus/A-Two). Outlook on the medium to long-term rating has been revised from ‘Stable’ to ‘Negative’.

Leverage has remained low over the years. The new management has taken measures to strengthen the institutional framework and hiring for key management positions was undertaken over the last year. The outlook on ratings has been revised in view of the weakening of portfolio quality indicators. The management is actively pursuing the delinquent cases. Trends in this respect will be monitored closely by JCR-VIS and improvement in the portfolio may merit revision in outlook during the year.

Profitability indicators were affected by the marginal decline in the lease portfolio and the increasing cost of funds during FY06, although improvement is expected in this respect during the on-going financial year, as return on an increasing proportion of leases is linked to market based rates.

For further information on this rating announcement, please contact Mr. Ziauddin Ahmed (Ext: 223) or Ms. Sabeen Saleem (Ext: 222) at 5671822/5671833/5680996 or fax to 5681105/5671600.



Faheem Ahmad
President & CEO

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