HNB secures two notch upward rating revision to ‘AA+(lka)’ | Daily News


HNB secures two notch upward rating revision to ‘AA+(lka)’

Sri Lanka’s largest private sector retail bank, HNB PLC, had its National Long-Term Rating revised upward to ‘AA+(lka)’ with a negative outlook, subsequent to a recalibration of country ratings scales by Fitch Ratings.

As a result of the recalibration, HNB’s rating was revised upward by two notches, placing it among the top rated Sri Lankan banks. The negative outlook assigned to this category by Fitch is in alignment with the negative outlook on the sovereign and the operating environment of Sri Lanka.

“We believe this upward revision of HNB’s National Long Term Rating is a reflection of HNB’s relative strength in this unprecedented volatile environment.

The disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic are still reverberating through every segment of the Sri Lankan economy,” HNB Managing Director, CEO, Jonathan Alles said.

During the COVID lockdown, HNB was among the first and most active in ensuring that customers island-wide were able to access essential banking and transactional services through a strong emphasis on digital banking as well as innovative solutions such as SOLO, MOMO and AppiGo. Similarly, the Bank was also proactively engaged with customers in order to restructure lending facilities to support individuals and enterprises facing financial difficulties due to the COVID 19 pandemic.

“Given the fact that HNB is one of the best capitalised banks in the island, our strong focus on digital banking and our unwavering commitment to support our customers during their time of need, we are strategically positioned to weather the current crisis and also play an active role in revitalising Sri Lanka’s economy from the grassroots up”

The bank’s Tier I and Total Capital ratios as at the end of March 31, 2020 stood at 13.85% and 17.25% respectively, well above the regulatory minimum requirements.

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