JCR-VIS Credit Rating Company Limited finalizes rating of ‘AAA’ assigned to Term Finance Certificate issue of Habib Bank Limited

Karachi, December 17, 2015 (PPI-OT): JCR-VIS Credit Rating Company Limited has finalized the rating of ‘AAA’ (Triple A) assigned to the planned Term Finance Certificate (TFC) issue of Habib Bank Limited (HBL). Outlook on the assigned rating is ‘Stable’.

HBL is in the process of issuing unsecured, subordinated Basel 3 compliant Tier 2 TFCs amounting up to Rs. 10b (inclusive of Green Shoe Option of Rs. 2.5b). The TFCs will have a tenor of 10 years and will be listed on Over-The-Counter Market of the Karachi Stock Exchange Limited. The issue will be governed by SBP guidelines regarding call option, loss absorbency and lock-in-clause. The planned issue will facilitate the bank in further enhancing capitalization levels and achieving its growth objectives. The assigned rating to the TFC reflects the strong risk profile of HBL and very high certainty of timely payments.

At end-September 2015, HBL had an asset base of Rs. 1.98trillion and reported Capital Adequacy Ratio of 15.47%. Rating also incorporates HBL’s strong liquidity profile, robust profitability and asset quality indicators and a sound governance infrastructure.

For more information, contact:
Ms. Sobia Maqbool
CFA
JCR-VIS Credit Rating Company Limited
VIS House, 128/C,
25th Lane off Khayaban-e-Ittehad,
Phase VII, DHA, Karachi
Tel: +92-21-35311861-72
Fax: +92-21-35311873
Email: sobia@jcrvis.com.pk

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