Press Release

JCR-VIS Reaffirms the Entity Ratings of Security Investment Bank Limited at A with Stable Outlook
 

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Karachi, July 07, 2009: JCR-VIS Credit Rating Company Limited has reaffirmed the medium to long-term entity rating of Security Investment Bank Limited (SIBL) at ‘A’ (Single A) and short term rating at ‘A-2’ (A-Two). The outlook on the rating is ‘Stable’.

Over CY08, turmoil in the capital markets and the constraining liquidity conditions posed operating challenges for the financial sector as a whole, and particularly for Non Banking Finance Companies (NBFCs). In line with industry trends, a gradual reduction in business activities was planned, causing a reduction in the asset base of SIBL over this period. Some losses from money and capital market operations, also led to reduction in the net worth of the bank. However the liquidity position of the bank is comfortable with the bank having met its obligations on a timely basis and assets and liabilities remaining well matched. The long term risk profile of the bank is expected to remain stable as it maintains selective exposures and currently there is no non performance in the portfolio.

The bank’s revenue trends have so far been strongly linked to capital markets and shrinking investment activities led to declining revenue streams during FY08. JCR-VIS will closely monitor the alternative avenues for revenue generation being identified by the bank.

For further information on this rating announcement, please contact Mr. Safdar Kazi (safdar@jcrvis.com.pk /ext: 501) or Ms. Sabeen Saleem (sabeen@jcrvis.com.pk /ext: 510) at (92-21) 5311861-70 or fax to (92-21) 5311872-3.

Faheem Ahmad
President & C.E.O

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