June 19, 2017 / 3:42 PM / a year ago

Fitch Assigns Sekerbank's Basel III-Compliant Tier 2 Notes 'B' Final Rating

(The following statement was released by the rating agency) LONDON, June 19 (Fitch) Fitch Ratings has assigned Sekerbank T.A.S.'s (B+/Stable/b+) USD85 million issue of Basel III-compliant Tier 2 capital notes due 2027 a final rating of 'B'. The bonds' Recovery Rating is 'RR5'. The final rating is the same as the expected rating assigned on 8 June 2017. The notes qualify as Basel III-complaint Tier 2 instruments and contain contractual loss absorption features, which will be triggered at the point of non-viability of the bank. According to the terms, the notes are subject to permanent partial or full write-down upon the occurrence of a non-viability event (NVE). There are no equity conversion provisions in the terms. An NVE is defined as occurring when the bank has incurred losses and has become, or is likely to become, non-viable as determined by the local regulator, the Banking and Regulatory Supervision Authority (BRSA). The bank will be deemed non-viable when it reaches the point at which either the BRSA determines that its operating licence is to be revoked and the bank liquidated, or the rights of Sekerbank's shareholders (except to dividends), and the management and supervision of the bank, should be transferred to the Savings Deposit Insurance Fund on the condition that losses are deducted from the capital of existing shareholders. The notes have a 10-year maturity and a call option after five years. KEY RATING DRIVERS The notes are rated one notch below Sekerbank's Viability Rating (VR) of 'b+' in accordance with Fitch's "Global Bank Rating Criteria". The notching includes zero notches for incremental non-performance risk relative to the VR and one notch for loss severity. Fitch has applied zero notches for incremental non-performance risk, as the agency believes that write-down of the notes will only occur once the point of non-viability is reached and there is no coupon flexibility prior to non-viability. The one notch for loss severity reflects Fitch's view of below-average recovery prospects for the notes in case of an NVE. Fitch has applied one notch, rather than two notches, for loss severity, as partial, and not solely full, write-down of the notes is possible. In Fitch's view, there is some uncertainty as to the extent of losses the notes would face in case of an NVE, given that this would be dependent on the size of the operating losses incurred by the bank and any measures taken by the authorities to help restore the bank's viability. RATING SENSITIVITIES As the notes are notched down from Sekerbank's VR, their rating is sensitive to a change in this rating. The notes' rating is also sensitive to a change in notching due to a revision in Fitch's assessment of the probability of the notes' non-performance risk relative to the risk captured in Sekerbank's VR, or in its assessment of loss severity in case of non-performance. Sekerbank's ratings are listed below: Long-Term Foreign and Local Currency IDRs 'B+'; Outlook Stable Short-Term Foreign and Local Currency IDRs 'B' Viability Rating 'b+' Support Rating '5' Support Rating Floor 'No Floor' National Long-Term Rating 'A/(tur)'; Outlook Stable Basel III-compliant Tier 2 notes: 'B'/'RR5' assigned Contact: Primary Analyst Lindsey Liddell Director +44 20 3530 1008 Fitch Ratings Limited 30 North Colonnade London E14 5GN Secondary Analyst Ahmet Kilinc Associate Director +44 20 3530 1272 Committee Chairperson James Watson Managing Director +48 22 338 62 92 Media Relations: Peter Fitzpatrick, London, Tel: +44 20 3530 1103, Email: peter.fitzpatrick@fitchratings.com. 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