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PACRA Maintains TFC Rating of Bank AL Habib Limited | TFC VI | Dec-17

Rating Type Debt Instrument
Action Maintain Harmonize
Long Term AA- AA-
Short Term - -
Outlook Stable Stable
Rating Watch - -

The ratings reflect the bank's sustained performance, exceptional asset quality, satisfactory financial profile and healthy liquidity. The bank has solidified its relative positioning in the universe of large sized banks by improving its market share in terms of deposit base and advances book. The bank continued with its strategy for outreach expansion - adding significant branches every year – resulting in marginal uptick in cost-to-total net revenue. The strength of the bank is reflected in the high proportion of retail deposits in the total. Hence, concentration is low and risk is reduced. Trade finance is the bank's hallmark, yet the bank is building alternative revenue streams, while exploring opportunities in CPEC related projects. The rating draws comfort from the bank's experienced management team, prudent risk management policies and deep rooted relationship with clients - borrowers as well as depositors. The bank has lately issued Additional Tier-1 debt instrument, which has augmented the bank's CAR, while providing room for growth.

The ratings are dependent on the bank's sustained risk profile. In the wake of heightened competition, profitable growth is a challenge while retaining the relative positioning in the industry. The equity base of the bank and CAR are satisfactory and may continually be enhanced in view of the expected growth in loans.

About the Entity
BAHL, incorporated in Oct 1991, operates with a network of 658 branches /sub-branches, including 53 Islamic banking branches at end-Mar18. BAHL has secured 5.6% share in banking industry's customer deposits. The sponsors of BAHL are members of the Habib family - one of the oldest and most distinguished names in Pakistan's banking sector.

BAHL's ten-member BoD includes representatives of Habib family and independent members. Mr Mansoor Ali Khan, the bank's CEO, has been associated with the bank for over twenty years. He is backed by a team of experienced professionals, most of whom have long association with the bank.

About the Instrument
TFC V was issued in Mar-16 at 6M-KIBOR Plus 75bps p.a. payable semi-annually in arrears. The tenor of this instrument is 10 years, callable from Mar-21 or thereafter with prior approval of SBP.

The TFC-VI is an unlisted, unsecured, subordinated, perpetual and non-cumulative instrument. The instrument is of PKR 7,000mln whereas the profit rate is 6M KIBOR plus 150 bps p.a.

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