Press Release

JCR-VIS Assigns Positive Outlook to Entity Ratings of The Bank of Khyber
 

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Lahore, June 29, 2010: JCR-VIS Credit Rating Co Ltd. has maintained the medium to long-term and the short-term rating of The Bank of Khyber (BoK) at ‘BBB+’ (Triple B Plus) and ‘A-3’ (A-Three), respectively.

Outlook on the medium to long-term rating has been revised from ‘Stable’ to ‘Positive’ in view of the alternate plans, including a rights issue, under active consideration, to enable the bank to meet the minimum capital requirement. Majority shareholding of the bank rests with the Government of Khyber-Pakhtunkhawa, along with management control.

The rating also incorporates appointment of experienced professionals at the senior management level, focus on realigning the strategic direction of the bank, renewed efforts on recoveries and improving credit controls. Going forward continued attention on these areas is expected to assist the bank in achieving sustainable growth. While BoK is also in the process of making enhancements in its IT infrastructure, considering the increasingly complex banking requirements; the bank may require further improvements in this respect, in order to support operations.

Growth in advances portfolio remained limited during 2009. The bank is actively pursuing expansion of its distribution network to other provinces, which would help in cultivating new business relationships and diversifying the deposit base. The rate of delinquencies in the existing credit exposures increased over the out-going year. The impact of geographical diversification and new underwriting guidelines on credit quality would be tested over time.

For further information on this rating announcement, please contact Mr. Javed Callea at 0213-5311861-10 (10 lines) or fax to 0213-5311873 or Mr. Maimoon Rasheed at 0423-6610681-84 (4 lines).


Safdar Kazi
Director

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