5.2 THE SPONSORS
5.2.1 The Fatima Group
The Fatima Group (FG) is one of the leading corporate groups in Pakistan. FG comprises of
Pakarab Fertilizers Limited, Fatima Fertilizer Company Limited, Fatima Sugar Mills Limited,
Reliance Weaving Mills Limited, Fazal Cloth Mills Limited, Reliance Commodities (Pvt.)
Limited and Fatima Energy Limited.
The individuals at the helm of affairs of FG are very well versed in all phases of running a
business that is setting-up, operating and managing large industrial units and also enjoys
good business relations with different trading houses all over the world. These factors have
contributed significantly towards the progress of FG and the turnover has increased sharply
over the years and has also acquired a sound segment of the international trade.
FG has over the years acquired the experience of managing businesses in different sectors
including Fertilizer, Textile, Sugar, and Foreign Trade. The Sponsors have been engaged in
various industrial and trading businesses since 1936 and over the years, the market
reputation, financial standing, and strength of the Group has grown.
5.2.2 The Arif Habib Group
The Arif Habib Group ranks amongst the fastest growing blue-chip conglomerates in
Pakistan. It has an enviable brand franchise built on stakeholder trust, better returns for the
public shareholder and its orientation towards continuous investment in staff, systems and
service capacity. Good corporate governance and insistence on the voluntary adoption of
global best practices are two additional themes that set the Group apart from its
competitors. The Group operates through its holding company – Arif Habib Securities
Limited (AHSL). AHSL is amongst the top performing companies listed at the Karachi Stock
Exchange. On account of its good corporate performance, AHSL has won the prestigious Top
Companies Award in each year since its listing at the KSE.
The Group has, over the years, built up a strong capacity to identify and develop successful
business ventures, implementing turnarounds, and generating super-normal returns in
variety of market conditions. Its joint ventures with reputed business groups—both Pakistani
and multi-national—are testaments of the Group’s ability to identify opportunities,
assemble strong consortia, and create value for stakeholders.
Many of the private equity investments made by the Group have involved participation in
privatization of state owned enterprises. The financial and management strength of the
Group enables it to qualify, on a stand-alone basis, as eligible bidder for big ticket
privatizations. The Group has successfully acquired large fertilizer and cement plants
through privatizations. Group entities operating across the entire spectrum of the Pakistan
financial services industry provide unparalleled expertise and synergies that help ensure
success of the sponsored ventures. The Group holds controlling or substantial interests in
successful companies competing across the securities brokerage, investment and financial
advisory, investment management, commercial banking, commodities, private equity,
cement, real estate, steel, and fertilizer industries.
The Group Chairman, Mr. Arif Habib has served as the President / Chairman of the Karachi
Stock Exchange six times in the past, and has been instrumental in introducing a number of
reforms including introduction of Central Depository System, computerized trading and risk
management system. He is the Founding Member and Former Chairman of the Central
Depository Company of Pakistan Limited. He has served as Member of the Privatization
Commission, Board of Investment, Tariff Reforms Commission and Securities & Exchange
Ordinance Review Committee.