Press Release

JCR-VIS reaffirms the ratings of Faysal Bank Limited
 

Karachi, July 13, 2005: JCR-VIS has reaffirmed the ratings of Faysal Bank Limited (FBL) at AA/A-1 (Double A/A-One) with a ‘Stable’ outlook. We have taken note of positive trends in the bank’s core earnings and further improvement expected in profitability for the year 2005. The bank has achieved substantial growth in its loan portfolio with the increase in net credit demand during the period, while having maintained credit quality. FBL’s fundamental strengths, i.e. high net worth and strong revenue generating capacity have supported the bank’s credit ratings. The bank’s liquidity profile is also commensurate with the assigned ratings.

FBL has reduced direct equity exposure in line with prudential regulations and as had been communicated to investors through our previous press release. However, during the first quarter of 2005, we noted a surge in the bank’s exposures against equity investments, while remaining in compliance with prudential regulations. Going forward, the bank is committed to manage total exposure to the equity market in a manner commensurate with its present outstanding ratings.

For further information on this rating announcement, please contact Mr. Muhammad Ameen (Ext: 233) or Ms. Sabeen Saleem (Ext: 222) at 5671822/5671833/5680996 or fax to 5681105/5671600.



Faheem Ahmad
President & CEO

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