Press Release

JCR-VIS upgrades ratings of Kashf Foundation
 

Karachi, February 8, 2007: JCR-VIS Credit Rating Company Limited has upgraded the medium to long-term entity ratings of Kashf Foundation to BBB+ (Triple B Plus) with a ‘Stable’ outlook. The short-term rating has been maintained at A-3 (A-Three).

The foundation has remained financially stable with the microfinance portfolio approximately doubling during 2005 & 1HY06 and asset quality continuing to remain strong. The foundation’s legal status has recently changed from a society to a non-profit guarantee limited company under section 42 of the Companies Ordinance, 1984. JCR-VIS believes that a stronger legal framework will favorably affect the organization’s credit worthiness.

As the organization is likely to expand at a rapid rate in the near future, venturing into new geographical areas and offering a larger suite of financing products, the robustness of the systems and the lending methodology of the foundation to deliver after expansion will become vital for continued profitability of operations, going forward. Nevertheless, JCR-VIS believes that Kashf will benefit from a well-tested lending methodology and the presence of a complete management information system to mitigate risks and maintain strong control. Further, formalization and strengthening of internal audit function has also enhanced the level of management control.

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



Safdar Kazi
Advisor

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