Press Release

JCR-VIS Reaffirms AA+/A-1+ Ratings of Habib Bank Limited
 

Karachi, June 28, 2008: JCR-VIS Credit Rating Company Limited has reaffirmed the entity ratings of Habib Bank Limited (HBL) at ‘AA+/A-1+’ (Double A Plus / A-One Plus). Outlook on the ratings is Stable.

With a network of 1,449 branches and a strong market share, HBL is positioned as the largest private sector commercial bank in the country. Quality of deposit mix, in terms of cost effectiveness and granularity, is the key strength of HBL and is reflective of its nationwide outreach and franchise in the domestic market. The contribution of funds from overseas operations has also increased in recent years, enabling geographical diversification across different markets. Capitalization levels have strengthened further on account of retained profits and mobilization of tier-2 eligible subordinated loan during the out-going year.

Despite a low proportion of high yielding consumer assets in the portfolio, spreads have remained strong on account of high proportion of current & saving accounts in the deposit mix. Growth in corporate loan book slowed down during 2007 while the bank has only recently re-launched some of its consumer loan products. JCR-VIS believes that the current economic situation puts certain leading industrial sectors and the general consumer under financial stress. Therefore, the second half of 2008 and 2009 are likely to be challenging for the banking sector as a whole, in terms of maintaining growth, asset quality and profitability.

For further information on this rating announcement, please contact Ms. Sabeen Saleem (Ext: 510) or Ms. Sobia Maqbool (Ext: 506) at 5311861-70 (10 lines) or fax to 5311873.



Faheem Ahmad
President & CEO

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