JCR Eurasia Rating has affirmed Banka Kombetare Tregtare Sh.A.’s National Local Rating Notes of ‘AAA (Alb)’ in the long term, which denotes the highest investment grade, and ‘A-1+ (Alb)’ in the short term with a ‘Stable’ outlook on both ratings.

The Bank’s Long Term International Local and Foreign Currency ratings are mapped as “BB/Stable” to the country ceiling of the principal shareholder, Turkey (BB/Stable) and the country ceiling of BKT’s primary country of operation, Albania (BB/Stable).

Banka Kombetare Tregtare Sh.A. (referred to as “the Bank” or “BKT”) is a consolidated entity comprising banking operating in Albania, Kosovo and Albania Leasing. The history of the Bank dates back to 1993 in its current name, when it was founded after the merger of the Albanian Commercial Bank and the National Bank of Albania. The Bank is owned by Çalık Holding A.Ş., a leading Turkey based conglomerate which acquired BKT in 2009.

As the oldest and largest commercial bank in Albania, the Bank offers a wide range of products and services to the public & private sectors as well as retail banking services for individuals.

The Bank maintains its leading position in the highly concentrated Albanian banking sector, consistently ranked first with respect to assets and net income. Due to its considerable asset size and scale of its operations, BKT is a systemically important bank in Albania. The Bank is well-capitalized maintains sound profitability indicators. BKT operates principally in the Republic of Albania through 61 branches and 2 custom agencies, in addition to 21 branches in Kosovo, organized under subsidiary BKT Kosovo Sh.A. The group has a workforce of approx. 1,300.

Banka Kombetare Tregtare Sh.A’s Sponsor Support Rating reflects the financial strength and support  willingness of Çalık Holding A.Ş., the sole owner of the Bank. The Holding is rated ‘A+ (Trk)’ on the National Scale and ‘BB’ on the International LC and FC Scales by JCR-ER. As of YE2020, the Holding’s assets and revenues were 10,600mn and USD 1,375mn and employs a workforce of more than 9K.

Çalık Holding is considered to have the willingness to supply liquidity and equity within its financial capability when financial needs arise in the short or long term and have the sufficient experience to provide operational support to the Bank if required. Regarding the above factors, JCR Eurasia Rating has affirmed the Bank’s Sponsor Support Note as “2” denoting adequate external support.  

The Stand Alone Note of the Bank has been upgraded to “A” in the light of the Bank’s strong business position, reasonable profitability indicators, liquidity level, senior management’s ability to manage the risks undertaken and growth projections. The Bank’s systemically important status in the Albanian Banking Sector is a further pillar for support.

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