Press Release

JCR-VIS Places Ratings of Microfinance Sector under Rating Watch Developing Status

Karachi, September 6, 2010: In the wake of recent floods, JCR-VIS Credit Rating Company Limited (JCR-VIS) has placed ratings outstanding in the microfinance sector under ‘Rating Watch – Developing’ status.

JCR-VIS expects asset quality deterioration to be more severe in case of banks with greater exposure to the rural economy, whether by means of agriculture or livestock loans or other means of working capital finance. At end March 2010, agricultural financing alone comprised almost 36% of advances of microfinance banks. In addition to the more perceptible effects of flood, there may be rising economic challenges, affecting even those micro-finance operators which are present in the urban markets.

Depending on the severity of impact of floods on the risk profile of each MFI, JCR-VIS will be reviewing the outstanding ratings in the sector on a case-by-case basis. Any support in the form of grants or soft loans, where available, will also be built into ratings.

For further information on this rating announcement, please contact Ms. Sabeen Saleem ( or Ms. Sobia Maqbool ( at 021-35311861-70 or fax to 021-35311873.

Javed Callea

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