NBAD's short, long term FC rating rises

ABU DHABI — Capital Intelligence (CI) has raised the foreign currency long term rating of National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD) to AA-, from A+, while the short term rating was also raised by one notch to A1+, from A1.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Wed 11 Jul 2007, 9:12 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 10:18 PM

The financial strength rating is affirmed at A+, and the support rating is unchanged at 1. All ratings carry a stable outlook.

The upgrade reflects the recent one notch increase in the ratings of the sovereign, which is a majority shareholder of the bank. NBAD's large size (with total assets of $27 billion at end 2006), its overall

sound financial fundamentals, its widespread physical presence in the country and its importance to the local economy coupled with a high support rating are major factors underpinning the increase in the foreign currency ratings.

Apart from a sizeable domestic franchise, NBAD also has a geographically diversified asset base with a meaningful presence overseas.

The Bank's subordinated convertible bond issue in 2006 has strengthened its capitalisation ratio and paves the way for a

sizeable growth in assets in the future. The increasing diversification of resources through the issuance of convertible debt, medium-term notes and commercial paper is a positive development.

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