Press Release

JCR-VIS Reaffirms Ratings of SilkBank Limited

Karachi, August 18, 2011: JCR-VIS has reaffirmed the entity ratings of SilkBank Limited (SBL) at ‘A-/A-2’ (Single A Minus/A-Two). Due to unsubscribed rights issue of Rs. 2.5b pertaining to Bank Muscat, previously a major shareholder in the bank, Capital Adequacy Ratio (CAR) of SBL has remained below the international benchmark for commercial banks. The management is in the process of finalizing a recapitalization strategy, which is planned to materialize within 2011 and would enable the bank to meet at least the international benchmark for capital adequacy. Furthermore, the management is also making efforts to address other operational issues, progress against which will continue to be tracked by JCR-VIS.

In view of the above, ratings of the bank continue to be placed under ‘Rating-Watch Developing’ status.

For further information on this rating announcement, please contact Ms. Sabeen Saleem (Ext: 510) or Ms. Sobia Maqbool, CFA (Ext. 506) at 35311861-70 or fax to 35311873.

Faheem Ahmad
President & CEO

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