December 13, 2018 (MLN): Pakistan Credit Rating Agency has maintained IFS ratings of Shaheen Insurance Company Limited at ‘A’ for long-term, with a stable outlook forecast.
The rating reflects Shaheen's Insurance strong parentage – Shaheen Foundation – ensuring financial soundness of the company while augmenting its business operations and control environment through active vigilance. The significant improvement in the liquidity profile emanates from equity injection.
Shaheen Insurance has sustained market share keeping pace with the industry's growth. Dominating portfolio ¬ motor ¬ is depicting good underwriting results, enabling the company to nourish other segments; for which the company is enhancing linkage with financial institutions.
The company is expanding into other segments, leading to a diversified premium mix. The company carries support from investment income; gradually improving. The recent drive to invest in real estate sector needs to enmesh with the liquidity requirements of the company.
The rating is dependent upon sustained improvement in business profile of the company. This requires enduring emphasis on underwriting profitability and building requisite human resource. Given increasing size of investment book, investment policy statement needs elaboration and performance tracking mechanism. Some of the company's assets are not liquid, generating no return as well. Conversion into liquid and return generated assets is important
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