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PACRA Maintains Entity Ratings of JWS Pakistan

Lahore, March 28, 2023 (PPI-OT): JWS Pakistan (‘JWSP’ or ‘the Institution’) is a Microfinance Institution (MFI) governed by the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) under Section 42 of the Companies Act,2017. The Institution is licensed to operate under NBFC (Establishment and Regulations) Rules, 2003, Non-Banking Finance Companies and Notified Entities Regulations 2008. It has been in operation since 2015. The key element is that MFIs are not permitted to mobilize deposits, and they are also not backed by any stakeholder equity due to their status as “Companies Limited by Guarantee”. These two elements, in combination, provide funding constraints, while they also delimit the boundaries of risk. JWSP is a not-for-profit organization, hence, the source of funding comprises a) internal generation of profits, b) loans, and c) grants.

Over recent years, the Institution has sizably enhanced GLP which lead to improved markup earned, resultantly net markup income also reflected an increase. Total income witnessed an upsurge to PKR 1,103mln during FY22 (FY21: PKR 645mln). Despite higher provisioning expenses, net profitability improved manifolds, and during FY22 net profit augmented to PKR 126mln (FY21: PKR 74mln). The Institution overcame the recent increase in non-performing loans due to the expiration of SBP’s deferment scheme period, attributable to efficient fieldwork which resulted in 100% cumulative recovery. Hereby, the infection ratio remains one of the lowest in the industry.

Sustained asset quality will remain an important factor in the future. The Institution majorly relies on local avenues for borrowings, primarily PMIC. The funding base strengthened, during last year, attributable to foreign funding which shall fuel growth in upcoming years. The institution’s cost of funds remained under control. The ratings also incorporate the vulnerability in business due to low market share and limited geographical presence. Room for growth in the technological domain exists.

Furthermore, the Institution has added more branches where the cumulative number has surpassed 110. The ratings are dependent on the Institution’s aptness to sustain positive performance indicators amidst growth in business volumes. Ratings will monitor expansion and the impact of technological progress on the operational and risk efficacy of the Institution.

For more information, contact:
The Pakistan Credit Rating Agency Limited (PACRA)
Awami Complex, FB1, Usman Block New Garden Town,
Lahore, Pakistan
Tel: +92-42-5869504-6
Fax: +92-42-5830425

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