Press Release

JCR-VIS reaffirms ratings of First Credit and Investment Bank Limited at BBB+/A-2 with Stable outlook

Karachi, May 26, 2006: JCR-VIS Credit Rating Company Limited (JCR-VIS) has reaffirmed the medium to long-term entity rating of First Credit and Investment Bank Limited (FCIBL) (formerly First Credit and Discount Corporation Limited) at ‘BBB+’ (Triple B Plus) with a ‘Stable’ outlook. Short-term rating has also been reaffirmed at ‘A-2’ (A-Two).

Ratings take into account the implied support of National Bank of Pakistan with 50% shareholding. The capitalization level of FCIBL stands strong, thus providing sufficient room for growth. Further diversification in business operations will be required to improve the company’s risk profile. The current management is already working towards broadening the company’s scope of business activities and capacity building measures are being taken accordingly. The management information systems have also been upgraded during the year. The company is planning to increase its network in other cities of the country.

For further information on this rating announcement, please contact the undersigned ( / ext: 221) or Ms. Sabeen Saleem ( / ext: 222) at 5671822/5671833/5680996 or fax to 5681105/5671600.

Safdar Kazi
Member Rating Committee &
Coordinator, International Affiliates

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