Fitch rates Commercial Bank’s Subordinated Debentures AA-(lka)(EXP)


Dec 23, 2015 (LBO) – Fitch Ratings Lanka has assigned Commercial Bank of Ceylon proposed Basel II-compliant subordinated debentures of up to 7 billion rupees an expected National Long-Term Rating of AA-(lka)(EXP).

The proposed issuance, which will have tenors of five and ten years and carry fixed coupons, will be listed on the Colombo Stock Exchange. CB expects to use the proceeds to strengthen its Tier 2 capital base and reduce asset-and-liability maturity mismatches.

The final rating is subject to the receipt of final documentation conforming to information already received.


The proposed subordinated debentures are rated one notch below CB’s National Long-Term Rating, to reflect the subordination to senior unsecured creditors.

The issuer rating is driven by CB’s measured risk appetite, solid franchise, sound track record, and strong funding profile.


The rating on the proposed debentures will move in tandem with CB’s National Long-Term Ratings.

These ratings are primarily sensitive to CB’s ability to withstand cyclical asset quality deterioration.

A full list of CB’s ratings follows:

National Long-Term Rating: ‘AA(lka)’; Stable Outlook

Outstanding Basel II-compliant Sri Lanka rupee-denominated subordinated debentures: ‘AA-(lka)’

Proposed Basel II-compliant Sri Lanka rupee-denominated subordinated debentures: ‘AA-(lka)( EXP)’