Press Release

JCR-VIS reaffirms the ratings of Meezan Bank Limited at A+/A-1
 

Karachi, June 30, 2007: JCR-VIS Credit Rating Co Ltd. (JCR-VIS) has reaffirmed the medium to long-term and short-term entity ratings of Meezan Bank Limited (MBL) at ‘A+’ (Single A Plus) and ‘A-1’ (A One) respectively. Outlook on the medium to long-term rating is ‘Stable’.

MBL was the first scheduled Islamic commercial bank licensed in the country and enjoys strong franchise in its target market niche. Competition has increased with the advent of a number of players within this segment; however, the market share of Islamic financial institutions is still small, providing much room for growth.

While reaffirming the rating, JCR-VIS has taken into account the growth strategy adopted by the bank to accelerate its outreach across the country through a rapid build-up of its branch network beginning FY2006 onwards. The bank recorded considerable growth in deposits during FY2006, resulting in improved liquidity indicators as reflected in a lower loan to deposit ratio and reduced concentration in the deposit base. The financing book has also experienced growth, primarily from the SMEs and consumer segments, while portfolio quality has been maintained at above average levels. While JCR-VIS has taken note of improved access to Shariah-compliant instruments, the deployment of excess funds remains a constraint for Islamic financial institutions.

The key challenge for the bank will be to continue aggressive growth without stressing its systems. Even though operating expenses are expected to remain on the higher side as expansion plans are currently underway, profitability is expected to continue to improve in coming years, provided asset quality indicators are maintained. The bank has finalized the acquisition of a core banking software to better position itself to meet future challenges and improve workflow efficiency.

For further information on this rating announcement, please contact Mr. Safdar Kazi or Mr. Saad A. Madani at 5311861-72 (12 Lines) or fax to 5311873.



Faheem Ahmad
President & CEO

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