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VIS Maintains Entity Ratings of Foundation Securities (Private) Limited

Karachi, May 25, 2021: VIS Credit Rating Company Ltd. (VIS) has maintained the entity ratings of Foundation Securities (Private) Limited (FSL) at ‘A-/A-2’ (Single A Minus/A-Two) with ‘Stable’ outlook. The previous rating action was announced on April 22, 2020.

After witnessing a dismal performance in FY18 and FY19, the equity market remained fascinating during the year FY20. Positive investor sentiments resulted from improving macroeconomic indicators gathered investor’s interest. Also, increased in trading volumes due to COVID-19 led uncertainty also generated also helped brokers to generate higher revenues.

FSL maintains a conservative asset allocation strategy, with more than half the asset base being maintained in the form of cash and bank balances. During FY20, the company took part in proprietary equity investments stands at 4% of the total assets. With majority (54%) of the asset base invested in liquid assets, liquidity profile of the company is considered sound. FSL’s asset based increased significantly by 51% mainly on the back of high trade and other payables in FY20, which further increased in 1HFY21.

Given the increase in short term loan and trade payables as at 1HFY21, the company’s gearing and leverage have both increased. The rating assessment of FSL’s takes into account an element of sponsor support. Further, FSL’s conservative asset deployment strategy is also a positive rating determinant. Rating constraints for FSL include significant reliance on equity brokerage segment. Accordingly, the assigned rating remains dependent on maintaining leveraging & gearing, in line with FSL’s long term trend.

For further information on this rating announcement, please contact the undersigned (Ext: 201) or Mr. Arsal Ayub, CFA (Ext: 216) at 021-35311861-71 or email at

Javed Callea

Applicable rating criteria: Methodology - Securities Firms Rating (July 2020)

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