Press Release

VIS Assigns Broker Management Rating to MRA Securities Limited

Karachi, April 10, 2020: VIS Credit Rating Company Ltd. (VIS) has assigned initial Broker Management Rating of ‘BMR2’ to MRA Securities Limited (MRA). Outlook on the assigned rating is ‘Stable’.

The rating signifies sound internal controls, client relationship, HR & IT services and risk management while regulatory compliance levels, external control framework and financial management are considered adequate.

Assigned rating reflects MRA’s moderate leveraged structure, sustained market share and adequate capitalization & liquidity levels. Rating takes note of experienced management team, satisfactory risk management and compliance procedures in place. In terms of corporate governance, board level committees are though in place, same members in all board committees reduce the effectiveness. The same may be addressed through inclusion of additional directors on board. Internal control framework may be strengthened through sharing of policies with both staff and customers while employee trading guidelines may prescribe a minimum holding and blackout period. Furthermore, appointment of ‘A’ category of external auditors and inclusion of CEO statement and Statement of Compliance with Code in annual accounts as per the brokerage regulations would add to quality of external control environment.

Assessment of earning profile indicates improvement in HFY20; however, there may be re-measurement losses on investments in view of substantial decline in equity market post COVID-19 outbreak. Going forward, diversification of business activity may provide support to the company’s overall financial risk profile.

For further information on this rating announcement, please contact Mr. Muhammad Tabish (Ext: 202) or the undersigned (Ext: 306) at (021) 35311861-66 or email at

Faryal Ahmad
Deputy CEO

Applicable Rating Criteria: Broker Management Ratings 2017

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