Fitch Rates Seylan Bank’s Basel III Subordinated Debt ‘BBB(EXP)(lka)’

Fitch Ratings has assigned Seylan Bank PLC's (A-(lka)/Stable) proposed Sri Lankan rupee-denominated, Basel III-compliant subordinated debentures of up to LKR10 billion an expected National Long-Term Rating of 'BBB(EXP)(lka)'.

The proposed debentures, which will have maturities of five and seven years, will be listed on the Colombo Stock Exchange. The bank plans to use the proceeds to strengthen its Tier 2 capital, support the expansion of its loan book and reduce maturity mismatches in the balance sheet.

The bank expects the proposed debentures to qualify as Basel III-compliant regulatory Tier 2 capital. The debentures include a non-viability clause whereby they convert to ordinary voting shares subject to the occurrence of a trigger event, as determined by the Monetary Board of Sri Lanka.

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

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