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PACRA Maintains Entity Ratings of MCB Bank Limited

Rating Type Entity
(27-Jun-18 )
(29-Dec-17 )
Action Maintain Maintain
Long Term AAA AAA
Short Term A1+ A1+
Outlook Stable Stable
Rating Watch - -

The ratings take note of MCB's sustained financial profile, reflected in very strong capitalization, sound liquidity and diverse deposit base. This has been enabled by the bank's able parentage, wherein a diverse mix of sponsors - mainly led by Nishat Group - have been providing an effective oversight. The ratings factor in MCB's strong market positioning, supported by its well established brand name and substantial out-reach. MCB has the highest CASA in the industry, with lowest cost of funds amongst all players. The bank has added a sizeable chunk to its deposit base. The bank continues with its current strategy of lending to premier corporates with sustained focus on government exposure. Lately, the bank has added momentum to its growth trajectory. At the same time, beefing up of the consumer and SME book is also anticipated amidst improving fundamentals. The bank has established an Islamic Banking subsidiary, thereby, becoming the first conventional bank to do so. NIB Bank Limited was merged with and into MCB in July-17. Post-merger, MCB's risk profile has sustained - which bodes well for the bank.
The ratings are dependent on the bank's ability to hold its existing position in the banking sector. Any deterioration in the perceived strength of the bank or ownership with consequent impact upon its governance efficacy would have negative implication. Further strengthening of human resource would be vital.

About the Entity
MCB Bank is the fourth largest bank in terms of its share in total customer deposits (8% at end-Dec17) in the country. The bank is operating with a distinct domestic franchise, having 1,444 branches. Compared to its peers, MCB Bank has limited overseas operations. MCB Bank is majority owned by Nishat group (~36%), a prominent business conglomerate, having diversified interests in Textiles, Cement, Banking, Insurance, Power Generation, Hotel Business, Agriculture, Dairy, and Paper Products. Malayan Banking Berhad (Maybank) of Malaysia has ~19% stake in MCB. A set of prominent domestic industrial groups also own a sizeable stake in the Bank. Nishat group, in addition to MCB Bank, has strong presence in entire spectrum of financial services - Adamjee General Insurance; Adamjee Life Assurance; MCB Islamic Bank Limited and MCB-Arif Habib Savings and Investments Limited. The spectrum is gradually building synergistic benefits.

The thirteen member board of directors includes prominent industrialists and financial sector specialists. Out of thirteen directors, President & CEO is an executive director and the remaining are non-executive directors including two representatives of Maybank. Mian Mohammed Mansha, the chairman of the bank, is an eminent businessman and a successful entrepreneur. Mr. Imran Maqbool, the CEO, carries diversified and extensive banking experience. He is supported by an experienced team.

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