Press Release

JCR-VIS reaffirms Entity Ratings of Rozgar Microfinance Bank Limited
 

Karachi, May 2, 2008: JCR-VIS Credit Rating Company Limited (JCR-VIS) has reaffirmed the rating of Rozgar Microfinance Bank Limited (RMBL) at ’BB+/A-3’ (Double B Plus / A-Three). Outlook on the ratings has been revised from ‘Stable’ to ‘Negative’.

The revision in outlook comes as a result of losses encountered in 2007. The increase in non-performing loans (NPLs) witnessed during the year has caused an increase in provisioning requirements, and a slowdown in disbursements in contrast to the projected numbers. However, pace of recovery and loan booking has considerably increased during the last two quarters. JCR-VIS will closely watch these trends for future improvement. In case, of reversal or continuing stress on equity, ratings may be revised downwards.

JCR-VIS Credit Rating Co Ltd. believes that the bank’s performance thus far has also been adversely affected by the high staff turnover. We will continue to monitor developments in this regard.

For further information on this rating announcement, please contact Mr. Mansur Ali Shah (mansur@jcrvis.com.pk) or Mr. Ziauddin Ahmed (zia@jcrvis.com.pk) at 5311861 or fax to 5311873.



Faheem Ahmad
President & CEO

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