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JCR-VIS places ratings of Habib Bank Limited on ‘Rating Watch-Negative’ Status

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Karachi, August 31, 2017: JCR-VIS Credit Rating Company Limited has placed the ‘AAA/A-1+’ (Triple A/A-One Plus) entity ratings of Habib Bank Limited (HBL) and ‘AAA’ (Triple A) rating assigned to Basel 3 compliant Tier 2 TFC on ‘Rating Watch-Negative’ status. Previous rating action was announced on June 30, 2017.
Rating action emanates from the regulatory action on the New York branch of HBL by the New York State Department of Financial Services whereby the regulator has issued a Notice of Hearing to initiate the process of a departmental hearing wherein it seeks to impose a penalty of up to $629.625m on the Bank. The Bank intends to contest the penalty in scheduled administrative hearings and, if necessary, in the court of law in the United States. However, pending any legal or regulatory outcome, JCR-VIS will closely monitor developments and may adjust ratings accordingly.
Majority owned by Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development, HBL is the largest commercial bank in the country with a market share of around 14% in domestic deposits.

For further information on this rating announcement, please contact Mr. Javed Callea (Ext: 201) at 021-35311861-71 or fax to 021-35311872-3.

Faryal Ahmad Faheem
Deputy CEO

Applicable rating criterion: Commercial Banks Methodology - November 2015

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