Press Release

JCR-VIS Revises Entity Ratings of Pak-Gulf Leasing Company Limited to BBB-/A-3
 

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Karachi, February 28, 2008: JCR-VIS Credit Rating Company Limited (JCR-VIS) has revised the entity ratings of Pak-Gulf Leasing Company Limited (PGL) to ‘BBB-/A-3’ (Triple B Minus/A-Three) from ‘BBB+/A-2’ (Triple B Plus/A-Two). Outlook on the medium to long term rating has been revised from ‘Negative’ to ‘Stable’.

The weakening trend in portfolio quality indicators continued into 2007 with net infection having inclined significantly. Turnover at senior management level also precluded efforts to contain the increase in delinquencies while business volumes also continued to decline. On account of this, the risk profile of the company has experienced significant weakening.

Recently, a new Chief Executive Officer has assumed office and efforts are being made to revive operations, including recovery of outstanding dues and underwriting fresh leases. The sponsors have also committed to inject capital to meet the increased equity requirement for leasing companies by June 2008. JCR-VIS will continue to monitor the steps taken by the new management to address the issues currently faced by the organization.

For further information on this rating announcement, please contact the undersigned (Ext: 408) or Ms. Sobia Maqbool (Ext: 506) at 5311861-70 or fax to 5311873.



Safdar Kazi
Director

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