Fitch Ratings has today assigned an 'A+(ind)' rating to The South Indian Bank Limited's (SIB) INR2bn subordinated Lower Tier 2 debt programme. SIB's existing ratings are as follows:
- 'A+(ind)' National Long-term rating;
- 'D' Individual rating;
- '5' Support rating; and
- 'A+(ind)' INR1.3bn existing subordinated Lower Tier 2 bond;
The Outlook is Stable.
SIB's ratings reflect its improved financials, relatively small size and predominantly regional franchise. The ratings also take into account SIB's above-average capitalisation ratios. For more information on the entity, please see Fitch's press release "Fitch Affirms South Indian Bank's 'A+(ind)' National Long-term Rating" dated 2 April 2009 and Credit Update dated 8 April 2009.
SIB is an 'old' private sector bank based in the state of Kerala. The bank lends primarily to regional SMEs through its network of 539 branches; over 53% of its deposits and 33% of its advances are sourced from its home state.
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