K-Electric partners with Avanza Solutions for RTPS deployment

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KARACHI: K-Electric (KE), Pakistan’s only vertically integrated power utility, has joined hands with Avanza Solutions, one of the leading Fintech organizations across the globe, to implement Real Time Payment System (RTPS).
Real Time Payment System (RTPS) is based on Avanza’s e-BPS which is a bill payment platform powered by Rendezvous, ‘an enterprise middleware’, that enables organizations to provide delivery channel services. e-BPS implementation automates all details of bill payment gateway operations and ensures that transactions are executed from all the sources in a uniform, secure, and efficient manner.
RTPS will facilitate bill payment by directly interlinking all the banks and KE. The middleware facilitates transactional processes and transaction routing functionality by providing a real-time bill inquiry and bill payment services of KE data to banks on a real-time basis. Implementation of the new system will modernize KE’s existing bill payment infrastructure and accelerate the process of onboarding new banks / alternative distribution channels (ADC).
Digitalization of front and back-end payment infrastructure has been a core element of KE’s wider corporate modernization efforts over the past year. Recently, the power utility started to facilitate utility bills payments via credit and debit cards on its corporate website. KE is the first power utility in Pakistan to offer this service. Additionally, we have partnered with leading e-commerce platforms to enable utility bill payments from home. RTPS, once fully implemented, will also lead to wider acceptance of bill collection by the consumers and banks alike. KE plans to on-board payment service providers across all verticals on its platform including, Bank, Telecoms, Payment Service Providers (PSP).
Present at the signing ceremony were Muhammad Aamir Ghaziani, Chief Financial Officer KE, Amer Zia, Chief Distribution Officer, KE, Mahmood Kapurwala, Chief Executive Officer, Avanza Group, Jalil Ahmed Farooqui, Business Development Head (Asia Pacific), Avanza Solutions and Fawad Zia Siddqui, Senior Account Manager (Asia Pacific), Avanza Solutions.

Bank AL Habib declares Rs.17.81b profit after tax
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KARACHI: The Board of Directors of Bank AL Habib Limited (the Bank) announced the Bank’s financial results for the year ended 31 December 2020 and proposed 45 percent cash dividend. The Bank, in the backdrop of COVID-19 pandemic, recorded a solid growth in terms of both balance sheet size and annual profit. According to the financial results, the Bank’s profit after tax was recorded at Rs. 17.81 billion i.e. an increase of 59.48 percent compared to corresponding period last year.
The Bank’s profit before tax was recorded at Rs.28.58 billion, showing a growth of 50.34 percent as compared to last year, driven by markup income as well as fees and commission income translating into an EPS of Rs.16.03 per share as against Rs.10.05 per share for the year 2019.
Net mark up income increased by 39.90 percent as compared to last year bringing it to Rs. 57.62 billion, reflecting the Bank’s success in maintaining sustainable growth. Despite the challenging conditions, pressure on country trade and free online offerings during the pandemic COVID 19, the Bank managed to increase its fee and commission income by 9.60 percent as compared to last year.
Total Assets reached to Rs.1.52 trillion, an increase of 17.20 percent as compared to 31 December 2019. Loans and advances grew by 4.42 percent to reach Rs. 510.25 billion whilst the investments increased by 30.51 percent to reach Rs. 764.94 billion, leading to overall growth in the total assets. Due to the Bank’s sound risk management practices and prudent financing strategy, the NPL ratio was recorded at 1.41 percent. The Bank opted to build more general provisions of Rs. 2.75 billion during the year 2020 bringing the total of such provisions to Rs. 5.75 billion. This provision is in addition to the requirements of the Prudential Regulations. The Bank achieved a coverage ratio of 171.28 percent which reflects the prudent approach adopted towards non-performing loans.
Deposits of the Bank increased by Rs. 195.98 billion bringing the total deposits to Rs. 1.10 trillion as on December 31, 2020 showing a growth of 21.69 percent. The Bank’s Non-Remunerative Current deposit recorded at Rs. 418.90 billion showing an increase of 23.78 percent as compared to December 31, 2019. The Bank’s Capital Adequacy Ratio (CAR) was 15.09 percent as of December 31, 2020 against the regulatory capital requirement of 11.50 percent (including capital conversion buffer of 1.50 percent as reduced under the BPRD circular letter no. 12 of 2020). Gross Advances to deposit ratio stood at 47.55 percent. Total equity reached Rs. 79.86 billion, up by 29.84 percent from 31 December 2019.
The Bank continued with its strategy for outreach expansion, adding significant number of branches every year. The Bank’s branch network has now reached 847 branches / sub branches & 2 booths having coverage in 334 cities in Pakistan in addition to 3 foreign branches (one each in Bahrain, Malaysia, Seychelles) and 4 representative offices (one each in Dubai, Istanbul, Beijing, Nairobi) outside Pakistan. In line with the Bank’s vision to provide convenience to customers, the Bank is operating a network of over 1,015 ATMs across Pakistan.
Pakistan Credit rating Agency (PACRA) has maintained the Bank’s long term and short term entity ratings at AA+( Double A plus) and A1+ (A One plus), respectively. The ratings of our unsecured, subordinated Term Finance Certificates (TFCs) are AA (Double A) for TFC-2016 and TFC-2018, and AA- (Double A minus) for TFC- 2017 (perpetual). These ratings denote a very low expectation of credit risk emanating from a very strong capacity for timely payment of financial commitments.

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