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The Pakistan Credit Rating Agency Limited

Date
27-Sep-2017
Analysts
Jhangeer Hanif
jhangeer@pacra.com

Iqra Bashir
iqra.bashir@pacra.com

+92-42-35869504
www.pacra.com
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PACRA Maintains Entity Rating of Alfalah Insurance Company Limited
 Rating Type Insurer Financial Strength(IFS)
Current
(27-Sep-2017)
Previous
(10-Mar-2017)
 Action Maintain Upgrade
 IFS Rating AA- AA-
 Outlook Stable Stable
 Rating Watch - -

The rating recognizes AFIC's maintained financial profile, emanating from i) well managed insurance assets/liabilities structure, and ii) growing investment book that contributes a sizable income stream & provide cushion to the bottom line. Rating also draw comfort from sponsorship of the company by ADG. Growth in business volumes of the company have improved its market share. The management’s conservative stance, in the form of low risk retention, continues yielding profitability. Positive momentum in volumes is expected to continue on the back of group support. Health and accident segment intends to fortify its position in the general insurance industry by expanding its health network. The company is expanding penetration in motor segment; building synergies with group bank – Bank Alfalah. Currently, healthy liquid profile of the company; needs to be monitored carefully while considering company’s trajectory of growth. Supporting its prudent risk retention policies, Alfalah Insurance has a sound panel of reinsurers with favourable treaty terms.

The rating is dependent on the company's ability to augment its market position in the competitive landscape, while upholding the underwriting performance. Strengthening of liquidi profile is vital along with prudent management of claims and receivables.
About the Entity
Alfalah Insurance Company Limited, commencing business in Sep'06, is engaged in providing nonlife insurance services. Alfalah Insurance, with its head office in Lahore, operates through two business Hubs North and South with a total of 12 branches. Abu Dhabi Group (ADG), consisting of members of UAE's ruling family and leading businesses, owns Alfalah insurance through key sponsoring individuals and group companies including Bank Alfalah Limited. Bank Alfalah is the sixth largest bank having assets at end-Dec’16 of PKR 917bln.

The company’s seven member board, including CEO, is chaired by HH Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan. Three board members come from the sponsoring group; two members represent Bank Alfalah Limited, while one member holds executive position in ADG. The CEO, Mr. Nasar-us-Samad Qureshi, assisted by a team of professionals, possesses around three decades of related experience.
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