Press Release

JCR-VIS Reaffirms Ratings of Faysal Bank Limited
 

Karachi, June 30, 2008: JCR-VIS Credit Rating Company Limited has reaffirmed the entity ratings of Faysal Bank Limited (FBL) at ‘AA/A-1+’ (Double A/A-One Plus) and ratings of its unsecured, subordinated term finance certificates (Issue-I) at ‘AA-’ (Double A Minus). Outlook on the ratings is ‘Stable’. JCR-VIS has withdrawn the preliminary rating of ‘AA-’ (Double A minus) assigned to the second proposed TFC issue of FBL, as the bank has currently shelved plans to issue the bond.

Migration to a modern customer centric core banking application, SYMBOLS, was accomplished over the last year providing the bank with centralized controls and also enabling FBL to offer enhanced services to its customers. The bank has a diversified loan portfolio catering to the corporate, SMEs and consumer market segments. While the quality of consumer portfolio has remained satisfactory, overall portfolio quality indicators have shown some weakening. The banking sector is faced with increasing challenges in the backdrop of deterioration in the local macroeconomic environment.

Branch expansion continued into 2007 with deposits also having increased over the period. The bank may benefit from a broad based depositor profile which has lately shown signs of increasing concentration, also reflected in rising cost of funds. With a number of changes in the top management, an organizational restructuring exercise is in process. The implementation of the bank’s strategy to strengthen controls and improve the institution’s risk management capability will be regularly monitored by JCR-VIS.

For further information on this rating announcement, please contact Ms. Sabeen Saleem (Ext: 510) or Ms. Sobia Maqbool (Ext: 506) at 92-21-5311861 or fax to 92-21-5311873.



Faheem Ahmad
President & CEO

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