Capital Intelligence upgrades NBF ratings

ABU DHABI — Capital Intelligence have upgraded the National Bank of Fujairah's financial strength rating to BBB+, from BBB, while the foreign currency short-term rating was raised to A2 from A3.

By Staff Reporter

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Published: Wed 17 May 2006, 10:54 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 3:45 PM

The rating upgrades reflect the improvement in the bank's overall financials. The foreign currency long-term rating was affirmed at BBB+ during the same review while the outlook for the ratings was "Stable".

NBF, which had total assets of $1.6 billion at end 2005, is currently primarily a corporate bank with strong trade finance and foreign exchange expertise and a growing investment services business.

However, in response to the changed market realities and emerging opportunities, and with the intention of diversifying its business base, the bank has developed new retail banking and other strategies.

The bank's sound asset quality is underpinned by sound risk strategies and a good understanding of the market in which it operates.

The liquidity ratios improved last year due to the sizeable growth in customer deposits. The bank is able to raise medium-term funding at very competitive rates through internationally syndicated arrangements, and is generally regarded as a good counterparty risk.

Its profitability has been maintained at a consistently high level without recourse to the type of short-term share financing provided by many of the larger banks in recent years.

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