GCR places Steward Bank Limited’s issuer ratings under ‘Review Extension’
Johannesburg, 14 September 2020 – GCR Ratings (“GCR”) has placed Steward Bank Limited’s national scale long term and short term issuer ratings of BBB(ZW) and A3(ZW), respectively on ‘Review Extension’. The ratings process is ongoing and GCR expects to publicly release the updated rating results by 31st October 2020. The ratings affirmed in the last review are still in effect and remain unchanged until the ratings review process is completed.
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GCR affirms the BBB(ZW)/A3(ZW) ratings of Steward Bank Limited
Steward Bank Limited
Long Term issuer
Short Term issuer
SALIENT POINTS OF ACCORDED RATING
GCR affirms that a.) no part of the ratings process was influenced by any other business activities of the credit rating agency; b.) the ratings were based solely on the merits of the rated entity, security or financial instrument being rated; and c.) such ratings were an independent evaluation of the risks and merits of the rated entity, security or financial instrument.
The credit ratings have been disclosed to the rated entity. The ratings above were solicited by, or on behalf of, the rated entity, and therefore, GCR has been compensated for the provision of the ratings. The rated entity participated in the rating process via face-to-face management meetings, teleconferences and other written correspondence.
Due to severe foreign currency shortages, hyperinflation and significant monetary and exchange control policy changes over the last 12-18 months in our opinion, the national scale credit ratings on Zimbabwean entities are not directly comparable to credit ratings and risk scores within other markets. Furthermore, outlook statements may fail to capture forward looking trends due to the extreme volatility in the operating environment and audited opinions. See the latest Jurisdictional Supplement for Criteria, published July 2020.
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