Press Release

JCR-VIS assigns Preliminary Rating to the subordinated TFC of Saudi Pak Commercial Bank Limited

Karachi, August 1, 2006: JCR-VIS Credit Rating Company Limited has assigned a ‘Preliminary’ medium to long-term rating of ‘A-’ (Single A Minus) with a ‘Stable’ outlook to the proposed listed, unsecured, subordinated term finance certificate of Saudi Pak Commercial Bank Limited. JCR-VIS has also re-affirmed the entity rating of the bank at ‘A/A-2’ (Single A/ A-Two) with a ‘Stable’ outlook. The preliminary rating of the issue will be finalized after examination of all signed legal documents.

The term finance certificates proposed to be issued will enhance tier II (supplementary) capital, thereby supporting the bank’s entity ratings as well as facilitating its growth objectives. The issue size of Rs. 1 billion will have a tenor of 8 years and with terms subject to the approval of the State Bank of Pakistan being in accordance with the eligibility criteria of subordinated debt as tier-II capital for capital adequacy computations. The rating agency has noted the bank’s plan to significantly enhance tier-I capitalization, the implementation of which would be monitored.

For further information on this rating announcement, please contact Mr. Safdar Kazi (Ext: 221) or the undersigned (Ext: 222) at 5671822/5671833/5680996 or fax to 5681105/5671600.

Sabeen Saleem
Group Head – Financial Institutions

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