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Moody’s upgrades ratings of ForteBank

PRESS RELEASE

Nur-Sultan city 20.12.2020

Moody’s upgrades ratings of ForteBank

Moody’s Investors Service (“Moody’s”) announced its decision to upgrade once again the long-term deposit ratings of ForteBank to Ba3 from B1, the outlook is stable. In July, 2019 Moody’s upgraded the long-term deposit ratings to B1 from B3 (by two notches at one go), the outlook – stable. According to Fitch analysts, the upgrade of the ratings recognizes the consistent improvements of the Bank’s solvency metrics along with strong liquidity despite business pressures related to the coronavirus containment measures and the economic contraction in Kazakhstan. ForteBank displayed strong profits and modest loan growth in recent years, which enabled the Bank to notably improve its solvency. ForteBank’s liquidity also remains healthy. The Bank was rapidly growing its deposit base while being conservative with loan origination.

Mr. Guram Andronikashvili, Chairman of the Management Board of ForteBank, commented on the news:

“Moody’s international ratings agency estimates ForteBank’s team work in creating one of the most stable banks in the country. In November, 2020 Fitch Ratings also upgraded the outlook on ForteBank’s ratings. In spite of the challenging market conditions caused by global pandemic, ForteBank keeps on demonstrating stable financial and operational results. Ratings upgrade confirms the right direction of the development strategy chosen, efficiency and clients’ confidence in the bank.”

ForteBank is one of the most stable, liquid and high-capitalized banks in the county. AQR results confirmed high reliability and stability of ForteBank. In 2020 ForteBank became the bank of the year in Kazakhstan for the third time according to The Banker magazine. In 2018-2020 Fortebank was recognized as the best bank in Kazakhstan according to Global Finance and the best bank in Kazakhstan in 2019 according to Asiamoney.

Contacts:

Investor relations Phone: +7 (7172) 58 75 75 (int. 10249) E-mail: IR@fortebank.com

Press office

Phone: +7 (7172) 59 99 99 (int. 10868) E-mail: epeltola@fortebank.com