Jul 01 2008
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Fitch Affirms Morocco's BMCE Support Rating at '3'
BMCE 's Support rating reflects Fitch's opinion that, given BMCE 's strong franchise in Morocco, support from the state would be forthcoming if needed, although there are uncertainties regarding the sovereign's ability to do so.
BMCE is Morocco's third-largest bank by total assets, with a 14% market share of deposits and a 13.5% of loans at end-2007. It is 38%-owned by FinanceCom, a holding company controlled by a prominent local family. France's Credit Industriel et Commercial (rated 'AA-' (AA minus)/'F1+'/Outlook Stable) owns 15% and the rest is widely held.
While consolidating its presence in the corporate lending market, BMCE is now targeting retail and professional clients. It also aims to establish a regional presence in Africa, mainly by increasing its stake in African Financial Holding/Bank of Africa to 51% by 2009 from 35%. Its UK-based CIB subsidiary, MediCapital Bank, will also help BMCE acquire new clients.
Large trading gains, inflated by the gain on the sale of a 5% of its own equity stake to Caja de Ahorros del Mediterraneo (CAM; rated 'A+'/'F1'/Stable) in H107 for MAD696m, and capital gains on non-core equity stakes (MAD624m) once again enabled BMCE to post an extremely good but potentially volatile performance. Despite rising operating expenses, its cost/income ratio has declined to 57%. Net loan loss provision charge was quite low at 70bps, which may prove difficult to sustain as loans season.
Customer deposits are BMCE 's major funding source (76.5%). BMCE is a major market maker in local government bonds and holds a MAD4.5bn bond portfolio used for proprietary trading and asset-liability management purposes.
Its Basel I core equity ratio was a small 5.3% at end-2007. Early in 2008 BMCE issued two subordinated debt notes. Extra Tier 1 capital relief was ensured by a 20% IPO of its consumer finance subsidiary, Salafin, in Q108. Further subordinated debt issues are planned in 2008. The bank is also considering securitising part of its residential mortgage loan book.
Updated research on BMCE is available on the agency's subscription website, www.fitchresearch.com under Financial Institutions/Banks/Summary Pages.
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Note to Editors:
Fitch's National ratings provide a relative measure of creditworthiness for rated entities in countries with relatively low international sovereign ratings and where there is demand for such ratings. The best risk within a country is rated 'AAA' and other credits are rated only relative to this risk. National ratings are designed for use mainly by local investors in local markets and are signified by the addition of an identifier for the country concerned, such as 'AAA(mar)' for National ratings in Morocco. Specific letter grades are not therefore internationally comparable.
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