Press Release

Ratings of Silkbank Limited
 

Karachi, July 31, 2009: JCR-VIS Credit Rating Company Limited had placed the entity ratings of Silkbank Limited (SBL) under ‘Rating Watch-Developing’ status on April 11, 2009 on account of the merger negotiations with Atlas Bank Limited. While this proposal is no longer under consideration, a re-capitalization plan to meet the shortfall in capital is on the anvil. In view of this, ratings of ‘A-/A-3’ (Single A Minus / A-Three) assigned to SBL continue to be placed under ‘Rating Watch – Developing’ status. Ratings will be reviewed once the capital enhancement plan is approved by the sponsors.

Meanwhile, the management has enhanced deposit mobilization efforts to penetrate the retail segment and reduce depositor concentration levels. In addition to this, measures have also been taken to address the short-comings in the existing information technology infrastructure, improve business processes and standards of customer service. The contribution of these endeavors towards management’s ability to monitor risks in a more pro-active fashion and induce growth in business volumes will be tracked by JCR-VIS on an on-going basis.

While recoveries have been posted and the bank continues to take further provisions, net infection ratios are still high in relation to the bank’s capital. The current operating environment poses additional challenges for market participants and continued economic stagnation may bear adverse impact on quality of more recently underwritten portfolio.

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



Safdar Kazi
Director

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