Press Release

JCR-VIS Reaffirms IFS Rating of The Co-operative Insurance Society of Pakistan Limited

Karachi, December 31, 2018: JCR-VIS Credit Rating Company Limited (JCR-VIS) has reaffirmed the Insurer Financial Strength (IFS) rating of The Co-operative Insurance Society of Pakistan Limited (CISPL) at ‘BB’ (Double B). The IFS rating of ‘BB’ denotes obligations deemed likely to be met; the protection factors are likely to weaken if changes occur in the economy. Moreover, overall risk factors may vary frequently within this rating category. Outlook on the assigned ratings is ‘Stable’. The previous rating action was announced on December 19, 2017.

The rating assigned to CISPL takes into account its low business generation and weak underwriting performance reflecting limited capacity of the society to meet policyholder and contractual obligations. Credit risk emanating from reinsurance panel selection remains sound with the reinsurer rated in category ‘AA’. Liquidity profile of the company is considered adequate in view of sizeable liquidity assets in relation to net technical reserves along with manageable level of insurance debt. The ratings incorporate meagre organic growth emanating from society’s branch network; Punjab Provincial Cooperative Bank Limited, society’s largest shareholder, contributes major proportion of business. Hence, the market presence of the society remains restricted. Meanwhile, both operating and financial leverages are well below the rating benchmarks for the assigned rating.

For further information on this rating announcement, please contact the undersigned at 021-35311861-70 or Mr. Maimoon Rasheed at 042-35723411-13.

Jamal Abbas Zaidi
Applicable rating criterion: General Insurance (March 2017)

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