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GCR affirms FBC Building Society’s rating of BBB-(ZW); Outlook Stable.

Johannesburg, 27 June 2016 — Global Credit Ratings has affirmed the national scale ratings assigned to FBC Building Society of BBB-(ZW) and A3(ZW) in the long term and short term respectively; with the outlook accorded as Stable. The ratings are valid until June 2017.

SUMMARY RATING RATIONALE

Global Credit Ratings (“GCR”) has accorded the above credit ratings to FBC Building Society (“FBCBS”, “the society”) based on the following key criteria:

FBCBS’ ratings reflect its reputable track record in the mortgage lending space, stable and experienced management team, and capital and liquidity metrics that are well above regulatory requirements. Despite the society’s acceptable risk management systems and satisfactory internal controls, growing credit risk remains a constraining factor to its ratings, in addition to its relatively small size, significant funding concentration risk, and the increasingly challenging operating conditions in Zimbabwe.

Driven by organic earnings growth, the society’s Tier I capital increased by 18.9% to USD33.3m at FYE15, which is compliant with the regulatory minimum requirement of USD25m for building societies. The society’s capital base offers an adequate buffer against unexpected losses, as reflected by its total risk weighted capital adequacy ratio (“RWCAR”) of 40.6% at FYE15, which was well above the statutory minimum (12%).

On the whole, asset quality metrics slightly improved in F15. At FYE15, non-performing loans (“NPLs”) represented 8.4% (FYE14: 10.0%) of gross loans, and were 23.5% (FYE14: 15.4%) covered by provisions. In GCR’s view, however, FBCBS’ asset quality remains susceptible to increased impairments, due to significant exposures to the country’s stressed consumer environment and a larger stock of special mention (or past due but not impaired) loans in recent financial periods (19.6% of gross advances at 31 May 2016 vs. 14.8% at FYE14).

Overall, the society reported a net surplus of USD6.3m in F15, which was below that of F14 (USD6.8m). ROaE and ROaA were 18% (F14: 22.7%) and 5.1% (F14: 6.2%) in F15 respectively, which compared favourably to its peers.

The society’s deposit base grew by 16.9% in F15. Its ability to attract deposits in a tight market is a relative strength, although wholesale funding dependence remains a concern. To mitigate the risks associated with the very high concentration of its funding base, negative contractual asset/liability mismatches, and the lack of a lender of last resort in Zimbabwe, the society maintains a highly liquid balance sheet and adequate liquidity buffers, as reflected by its prudential liquidity ratio of 62.2% at FYE15, which is well above the regulatory minimum of 30%.

A material decrease in concentration risk, as well as sustained improvements in profitability, asset quality, market share and operating conditions could positively impact the ratings. The society’s ratings will be sensitive to deterioration in asset quality, and weaker long-term earnings generation, liquidity and/or capitalisation.

NATIONAL SCALE RATINGS HISTORY

Initial rating (Dec/2005)

Long term: BBB-(ZW)

Outlook: Stable

Last rating (Jun/2015)

Long term: BBB-(ZW); Short term: A3(ZW)

Outlook: Stable

ANALYTICAL CONTACTS

Primary Analyst

Kurt Boere

Credit Analyst

(011) 784-1771

boere@globalratings.net

Committee Chairperson

Omega Collocott

Sector Head: Financial Institution Ratings

(011) 784-1771

omegac@globalratings.net

APPLICABLE METHODOLOGIES AND RELATED RESEARCH

Global Criteria for Rating Banks and Other Financial Institutions, updated March 2016

FBCBS rating reports (2005-15)

RATING LIMITATIONS AND DISCLAIMERS

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SALIENT FEATURES OF ACCORDED RATINGS

GCR affirms that a.) no part of the rating was influenced by any other business activities of the credit rating agency; b.) the rating was based solely on the merits of the rated entity, security or financial instrument being rated; and c.) such rating was an independent evaluation of the risks and merits of the rated entity, security or financial instrument.

FBC Building Society participated in the rating process via face-to-face management meetings, teleconferences and other written correspondence. Furthermore, the quality of information received was considered adequate and has been independently verified where possible.

The credit ratings have been disclosed to FBC Building Society with no contestation of the rating.

The information received from FBC Building Society and other reliable third parties to accord the credit ratings included:

  • Audited financial results as at 31 December 2015 (and four years of comparative numbers)
  • Unaudited management accounts as at 31 May 2016
  • Budgeted financial statements for 2016
  • Latest internal and/or external audit report to management
  • A breakdown of facilities available and related counterparties
  • Corporate governance and enterprise risk framework
  • Industry comparative data

The rating above was solicited by, or on behalf of, FBC Building Society, and therefore, GCR has been compensated for the provision of the ratings.

GLOSSARY OF TERMS/ACRONYMS USED IN THIS DOCUMENT AS PER GCR’S FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS GLOSSARY

Asset A resource with economic value that a company owns or controls with the expectation that it will provide future benefit.
Asset Quality Refers primarily to the credit quality of a bank’s earning assets, the bulk of which comprises its loan portfolio, but will also include its investment portfolio as well as off balance sheet items. Quality in this context means the degree to which the loans that the bank has extended are performing (ie, being paid back in accordance with their terms) and the likelihood that they will continue to perform.
Audit Report A written opinion of an auditor (attesting to the financial statements’ fairness and compliance with generally accepted accounting principles).
Balance Sheet Also known as a Statement of Financial Position. A statement of a company’s assets and liabilities provided for the benefit of shareholders and regulators. It gives a snapshot at a specific point in time of the assets the company holds and how they have been financed.
Budget Financial plan that serves as an estimate of future cost, revenues or both.
Building Society A type of deposit-taking financial institution that engages in long-term mortgage lending, primarily to finance owner-occupied residential mortgages/property.
Capital The sum of money that is invested to generate proceeds.
Capital Adequacy A measure of the adequacy of an entity’s capital resources in relation to its current liabilities and also in relation to the risks associated with its assets. An appropriate level of capital adequacy ensures that the entity has sufficient capital to support its activities and that its net worth is sufficient to absorb adverse changes in the value of its assets without becoming insolvent.
Capital Base The issued capital of a company, plus reserves and retained profits.
Corporate Governance Refers to the mechanisms, processes and relations by which corporations are controlled and directed, and is used to ensure the effectiveness, accountability and transparency of an entity to its stakeholders.
Credit Rating Agency An entity that provides credit rating services.
Credit Risk The possibility that a bond issuer or any other borrowers (including debtors/creditors) will default and fail to pay the principal and/or interest when due.
Debt An obligation to repay a sum of money. More specifically, it is funds passed from a creditor to a debtor in exchange for interest and a commitment to repay the principal in full on a specified date or over a specified period.
Exposure Exposure is the amount of risk the holder of an asset or security is faced with as a consequence of holding the security or asset. For a company, its exposure may relate to a particular product class or customer grouping. Exposure may also arise from an overreliance on one source of funding.
Financial Institution An entity that focuses on dealing with financial transactions, such as investments, loans and deposits.
Financial Statements Presentation of financial data including balance sheets, income statements and statements of cash flow, or any supporting statement that is intended to communicate an entity’s financial position at a point in time.
Impairment Reduction in the value of an asset because the asset is no longer expected to generate the same benefits, as determined by the company through periodic assessments.
Interest Scheduled payments made to a creditor in return for the use of borrowed money. The size of the payments will be determined by the interest rate, the amount borrowed or principal and the duration of the loan.
Liquidity The speed at which assets can be converted to cash. It can also refer to the ability of a company to service its debt obligations due to the presence of liquid assets such as cash and its equivalents. Market liquidity refers to the ease with which a security can be bought or sold quickly and in large volumes without substantially affecting the market price. 
Liquidity Risk The risk that a company may not be able to meet its financial obligations or other operational cash requirements due to an inability to timeously realise cash from its assets. Regarding securities, the risk that a financial instrument cannot be traded at its market price due to the size, structure or efficiency of the market.
Long-Term Not current; ordinarily more than one year.
Long-Term Rating Reflects an issuer’s ability to meet its financial obligations over the following three to five year period, including interest payments and debt redemptions. This encompasses an evaluation of the organisation’s current financial position, as well as how the position may change in the future with regard to meeting longer term financial obligations.
National Scale Rating Provides a relative measure of creditworthiness for rated entities only within the country concerned. Under this rating scale, a ‘AAA’ long term national scale rating will typically be assigned to the lowest relative risk within that country, which in most cases will be the sovereign state.
Past Due Any note or other time instrument of indebtedness that has not been paid on the due date.
Provision The amount set aside or deducted from operating income to cover expected or identified loan losses.
Risk The chance of future uncertainty (i.e. deviation from expected earnings or an expected outcome) that will have an impact on objectives.
Risk Management Process of identifying and monitoring business risks in a manner that offers a risk/return relationship that is acceptable to an entity’s operating philosophy.
Securities Various instruments used in the capital market to raise funds.
Security An asset deposited or pledged as a guarantee of the fulfilment of an undertaking or the repayment of a loan, to be forfeited in case of default.
Short-Term Current; ordinarily less than one year.
Short-Term Rating An opinion of an issuer’s ability to meet all financial obligations over the upcoming 12 month period, including interest payments and debt redemptions.
Tier I Capital Primary capital consists of issued ordinary share capital, hybrid debt capital, perpetual preference share capital, retained earnings and reserves. This amount is then reduced by the portion of capital that is allocated to trading activities and other regulatory deductions.

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GCR affirms FBC Building Society’s rating of BBB-(ZW); Outlook Stable.

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