Press Release

JCR-VIS harmonizes the Rating Watch status of Crescent Commercial Bank’s Rating to Rating Watch - Positive

Karachi, December 22, 2006: In order to better explain to market participants the status of ratings placed on ‘Rating Watch’, JCR-VIS has appended a direction ‘Positive, Negative or Developing’ to all its Rating Watch indications. Crescent Commercial Bank Limited’s (CCBL) ratings of ‘BBB/ A-2’ had been placed on a ‘Rating Watch’ on April 13, 2006 due to the possibility of change in the bank’s shareholding subsequent to CCBL board’s decision to pursue an amalgamation process with another financial institution. Lately, the board of CCBL has approved an investment of Rs. 6 billion into the bank from Samba Financial Group (SAMBA) of Saudi Arabia. SAMBA will acquire approximately 68% of the shareholding in CCBL subject to the appropriate regulatory approvals and execution of a definitive agreement. Ratings continue to be on Rating Watch but have been harmonized to Rating Watch-Positive till the time the agreement is executed, following which ratings may be re-assessed and the impact of new developments be incorporated accordingly.

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

Faheem Ahmad
President & CEO

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