Asset Quality

Nov 25, 2011 (LBO) – RAM Ratings Lanka has upgraded LB Finance’s (LBF) long- and short-term financial institution ratings, from BBB+/P2 to A-/P2, with the long-term rating given a stable outlook. The rating agency has also revised upwards the long-term ratings of LBF’s debt issues, s statement said.

“The upgraded ratings reflect LBF’s consistently expanding market share and improving asset-quality indicators.”

The full statement follows:

RAM Ratings Lanka has upgraded LB Finance PLC’s (LBF or the Company) long- and short-term financial institution ratings, from BBB+/P2 to A-/P2, respectively; the long-term rating has a stable outlook. At the same time, we have also revised upwards the long-term ratings of LBF’s debt issues.

The upgraded ratings reflect LBF’s consistently expanding market share and improving asset-quality indicators. The Company’s portfolio has been charting strong growth in recent years, with its market share augmenting from 7.36% as at end-March 2007 to 13.90% as at end-March 2011. As such, LBF has emerged as the second-largest registered finance company (RFC) in Sri Lanka.

Despite the rapid growth of its credit assets, the C