Published on 13 Oct 2022.
RAM Ratings has reaffirmed Bank Kerjasama Rakyat Malaysia Berhad’s (Bank Rakyat or the Bank) AA2/Stable/P1 financial institution ratings (FIRs). We have also reaffirmed the ratings of the Bank’s sukuk, issued through its funding conduits (see Table 1).
The reaffirmations are premised on Bank Rakyat’s strong foothold in personal financing (PF) and the Bank’s robust loss absorption capacity. The ratings also consider our view that government support will be readily extended if needed, given Bank Rakyat’s status as a cooperative-cum-developmental financial institution (DFI).
Bank Rakyat boasts the largest share of the domestic PF market, which is mostly extended to civil servants. Its gross impaired financing (GIF) ratio climbed to 2.0% as at end-June 2022 (end-December 2021: 1.7%) following the expiry of pandemic-related relief measures. Rising inflationary pressures and interest rates may cause further asset quality slippages for the remainder of the year. The risk of material deterioration however is low in view of the Bank’s access to non-discretionary salary deductions – mainly administered by Biro Perkhidmatan Angkasa – through which the PF facilities are repaid. Bank Rakyat remains well positioned to absorb further potential impairments with its robust GIF coverage and capitalisation.
Financing receivables under relief programmes fell to less than 2% as at end-June 2022 from around 50% as at end-August 2021. Delinquencies post assistance have been contained so far. Financing which were impaired following missed payments constituted a small portion of receivables (~0.6% of total expired relief financing).
Sustained margins – which are consistently above industry averages – and the reversal of some of the Bank’s management overlays should lend support to earnings in the near term. Overall, we expect Bank Rakyat’s credit cost to ease to around 60 bps for full-year 2022 (FY Dec 2021: 71 bps; 1H FY Dec 2022: 69 bps). Under regulatory forbearance measures granted to DFIs, the Bank is temporarily shielded from the full impact of a modification loss. Most of the loss (estimated at around RM500 mil) will be taken to the Bank’s retained earnings on 1 January 2023. While this will shave circa 60 bps off the Bank’s capital ratios, the impact will be manageable owing to a strong Basel I tier-1 capital ratio of 23.4% as at end-June 2022.
Imtiaz Sukuk II Berhad
RM10 billion Sukuk Wakalah Programme (2020/2050)
RM9 billion Islamic Medium-Term Notes Programme (2013/2023)
Mumtaz Rakyat Sukuk Berhad
RM5 billion Subordinated Sukuk Murabahah Programme (2016/2036)
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