Press Release

JCR-VIS revisits ratings of Silkbank Limited

Karachi, February 25, 2011: JCR-VIS Credit Rating Company Limited has revisited the ratings of Silkbank Limited. The bank had met minimum paid up capital requirement of Rs. 6b by June 2010. However, the minimum capital requirement of Rs. 7b for December 2010 has not been met due to unsubscribed rights issue as Bank Muscat, a sponsor shareholder, who had approved issuance of the rights could not subscribe to their part of rights shares due to regulatory constraints. Consequently, capital adequacy is also expected to fall behind regulatory requirements.

The board and management of SBL are considering various options for recapitalization of the bank in addition to enhancing efforts at efficiency and recovery from bad assets. While the entity ratings of the bank have been maintained at ‘A-/A-2’ (Single A Minus/A-Two), the Rating Watch status has been changed from ‘Positive’ to ‘Developing’. Ratings will be reviewed shortly.

For further information on this rating announcement, please contact Mr. Javed Callea or Ms. Sobia Maqbool, CFA (Ext: 501/506) at 35311861-70 or fax to 35311873.

Jamal Abbas Zaidi

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