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DIB ratings receives Moody’s affirmation

Dubai, May 16, 2013

Dubai Islamic Bank Group (DIB) has announced that its long term issuer ratings have been affirmed by Moody’s at Baa1.

The bank ratings, put on a review late last year when Moody’s took action on all major Dubai-based banks, have now been affirmed and the outlook has been moved to “stable” indicating no further pressure on the ratings, a statement from the bank said.

“The confirmation of DIB’s ratings reflects the recent capital injection and our expectation that asset quality pressure will ease which, in turn, should support profitability,” said the agency in their recent press release. The systemic importance of the bank to the banking sector and the government ownership of 34 per cent were also cited as some of the factors for the decision.

Moody’s also affirmed the long term issuer ratings of Tamweel, which is a subsidiary of the bank (86.5 per cent owned by DIB) at Baa3 and with the recent move by DIB to take over the company, Tamweel’s outlook on ratings has been upgraded to “positive.”

Abdulla Alhamli, chief executive, DIB, said: “During the last five years we have focused on building a strong organisation with the aim to weather the storm posed by the difficult market conditions. These efforts have allowed DIB to emerge as a strong player and enabled it to be recognised by external parties including rating agencies.”

“This recent rating further reinforces the confidence in our organisation and is an acknowledgement for the efforts we have put so far. It will encourage us to work harder in delivering our promise to our shareholders,” he said.

DIB’s tier 1 capital ratio strengthened significantly in the first quarter of the year, from 13.9 per cent on December 31, to 17.7 per cent on March 31. Similarly, the bank’s total capital adequacy improved from 17.4 per cent on December 31, 2012, to reach 21.2 per cent on March 31.

Dr Adnan Chilwan, the deputy CEO, said: “Since the advent of the global financial crisis, we had set up a clear strategy focusing around our core business, strengthening the balance sheet, maintaining liquidity, enhancing capital adequacy and improving asset quality.”

“Today, DIB has implemented a well-defined strategy in managing these challenges and has emerged an even stronger and robust player ready to take advantage of the improving market conditions in Dubai and the UAE.”

“We strongly believe in openness and transparency with all our stakeholders which leads to informed decision making. Moody’s has been with DIB since it first got rated in 2007 and we truly appreciate their approach to the ratings process as well as their understanding of the local and regional environment which is critical to accurately reflecting an entity’s position in markets that it operates in,” Chilwan said.

In April 2013, the bank also repaid the Dh3.752 billion ($1.02 billion) deposit, in full and well ahead of contractual maturity, which it received from the Ministry of Finance in 2008 citing robust financial position and strong liquidity as the key drivers for the decision. – TradeArabia News Service




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