Press Release

JCR-VIS places ratings of Bank of Khyber on ‘Rating Watch’
 

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Karachi, July 11, 2005: JCR-VIS Credit Rating Company Limited has reaffirmed the ratings of the Bank of Khyber (BoK) at BBB/A-2 (Triple B/ A- two). The bank is currently owned by the government of North West Frontier Province (NWFP) to the extent of 87% and Deutsche Investitions-und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH (DEG) holds the remaining shares. BoK’s business is concentrated in the province of NWFP, where it has a distinct niche as a provincial bank. The planned public offer of shares will allow it to meet the minimum capital requirement and enhance its loss absorption capacity.

Although the interim management has shown improvement, continuity and stability of the management is necessary for the bank to keep pace with the growth trends in the sector. The planned offer of shares will also substantially alter the ownership pattern of the bank and cause reconstitution of the board. Ratings have currently been placed on a ‘Rating Watch’. Conclusion of the public offer of shares planned in two tranches, the appointment of permanent management and the road map for conversion to an Islamic bank will allow us to review and incorporate the impact of these developments in the ratings and inform investors accordingly.

For further information on this rating announcement, please contact Mr. Muhammad Ameen (Ext: 233) or Ms. Sabeen Saleem (Ext: 222) at 5671822/5671833/5680996 or fax to 5681105/5671600.



Faheem Ahmad
President & CEO

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