Fitch upwardly revises QIIB outlook to ‘Stable’ ….. Fitch Ratings affirms Qatar International Islamic Bank’s (QIIB) Long-Term Issuer Default Rating (IDR) at ‘A’


Dr Al-Shaibei: The strength of the Qatari economy is increasingly being felt on the country’s banking sector


DOHA: QIIB has announced that Fitch Ratings has upgraded its outlook to ‘stable’ and affirmed QIIB’s Long-Term Issuer Default Rating (IDR) at ‘A’, which underlines the strength of the Qatari economy, of which the bank is part of, and has based its various strategic operations and plans.

The upward rating reflects Fitch’s view that Qatar has successfully managed the fallout from last year's rupture of trade, financial and diplomatic relations with the quartet .

“Public sector liquidity injections have stabilised the country’s banking sector and stemmed the outflow of non-domestic funding”, Fitch Ratings said.

“Qatar’s fiscal deficit has narrowed sharply and Fitch expects it to turn into a surplus in 2019. The economy has reconfigured its supply chains and continues to grow at a robust pace. There has been no escalation of measures against Qatar, the international rating “agency said.

Commenting on the Fitch Ratings, QIIB Chief Executive Officer Dr Abdulbasit Ahmad al-Shaibei said, "The Qatar International Islamic Bank rating at this high level, with a stable outlook, reflects the strength of the Qatari economy, which provides an incredible thrust to its banking sector that has proven to be highly efficient and resilient to the challenges and various market factors at work.”

"In the world of Islamic finance, we have established our financial position for many years. We have been able to be an active part of the banking market, locally and abroad. Our financial position has grown significantly over the past years and we have benefited immensely from the rich opportunities being offered by the Qatari economy.

"This is part of a broader view of the Qatari economy, which is considered one of the most efficient global economies, and this has been recognised and endorsed by experts, as well as attested by the country’s measurable growth figures."

Dr al-Shaibei said, “Our financial results at the end of 2017 and the first quarter of 2018 confirm that these are consistent with the development of the dynamic Qatari economy. Our net profit in the first quarter (Q1) of 2018 has grown beyond 7% and we have made a continuous improvement in several key financial indicators. Fitch’s ratings affirmation and stable outlook are a natural reflection of these.”

He said, "The Bank will continue to focus on the local market and contribute to the financing of various projects, especially those vital to the development of the Qatar National Vision 2030. And the Bank is positively considering viable foreign investment opportunities that benefit QIIB and its shareholders alike.”

Dr al-Shaibei expressed his confidence that Islamic banking in particular and the Qatari banking sector in general will maintain its upward growth trajectory.

“As in the past, I hope the Islamic banking sector will be able to continue to play its important role and contribute to financing various sectors and consolidate its domestic leadership and reputation and its strong position globally.

QIIB was established in 1990 as the second Islamic bank in the State of Qatar and is currently the third largest Islamic bank by assets and market capitalisation.

The Bank started operations in 1991 and is listed on the Qatar Stock Exchange. The Bank offers integrated banking services to its customers through a network of branches across the country Qatar. The Bank has several regional and international partnerships.