Published on 27 Oct 2021.
RAM Ratings has assigned a LECA™ rating of “LECA2” to Noblehouse International Trust Ltd (Noblehouse or the Company), a full-fledged Labuan Trust Company (LTC) operating in Labuan International Business and Financial Centre (Labuan IBFC). The rating – second-highest on a scale of six – signifies the Company’s strong capacity and competence in fulfilling its performance obligations.
The rating reflects favourable assessments of Noblehouse’s operating record, staffing and financial standing. The Company is also viewed to have established adequate business infrastructure, governance and risk management practices.
Backed by a 30-year operating track record, the Company is among the largest LTCs in Labuan with a portfolio of more than 200 clients. Noblehouse facilitates the incorporations and registrations of new businesses in Labuan IBFC, and provides a suite of secretarial, administrative, custodial and trustee services.
Its operations are supported by a team of experienced and long-serving staff, with an average service of 14 years. As a family-controlled business, management continuity and succession planning are apparent. However, the Company remains exposed to some degree of key person risk and may lack independent Board oversight.
Noblehouse’s business infrastructure and IT systems corresponds to the complexity and needs of its core functions and sufficiently supports its operations. Guidelines and procedures on routine tasks and scenarios are documented and can be readily accessed by the Company’s staff.
The Company has sufficient risk management controls in place, expressed through various policies and procedures covering key aspects of its business. These include business continuity, corporate compliance and handling of complaints. In general, no material non-compliance was disclosed by Noblehouse in its last three annual compliance reports.
Presently, Noblehouse is involved in an ongoing court case which poses a contingent liability to the Company. In the meantime, it is business as usual for the Company. This contingent liability is viewed as an event risk, and the Company’s rating will be reassessed accordingly if it materialises.
Noblehouse’s financials show it is profitable and self-sustaining. In FY Dec 2020, the Company posted RM0.74 million of pre-tax profit on the back of RM2.4 million in revenue. As at end-2020, the Company has cash reserves equivalent to approximately four months of operating expenditure.
LECA™ is an assessment service from RAM Rating Services Berhad for companies based in Labuan IBFC. LECA™ ratings are typically valid for up to 1 year after they are assigned. During this time, the assessment will be monitored by RAM Ratings and any material developments could change the rating assigned.
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