Íslandsbanki informs that following expiration and by agreement of parties, the credit rating service contract between Fitch Ratings and Íslandsbanki is to terminate.
The decision by Íslandsbanki is driven primarily from a cost perspective and the Bank will continue to work closely with S&P Global Ratings and is committed to comply with its obligations to provide the relevant information in an open and transparent way, in support of the rating agency's actions in relation to the Bank.
S&P Global Ratings currently rates the Bank at BBB+/A-2 (outlook: Stable), affirmed in July 2018.
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A leader in financial services in Iceland, Íslandsbanki is a universal bank with total assets of ISK 1,163bn (about EUR8.5bn) and a 25% - 50% market share across all domestic business segments. Building on over 140 years of servicing key industries, Íslandsbanki has developed specific expertise in tourism, seafood and energy related industries. Driven by the vision to be #1 for service, Íslandsbanki’s relationship banking business model is propelled by three business divisions that manage and build relationships with the Bank’ s customers. Íslandsbanki has developed a wide range of online services such as the Íslandsbanki and Kass apps, enabling customers to do their banking whenever and wherever. At the same time, the Bank continues to operate the most efficient branch network in Iceland through its strategically located 14 branches. For the fifth consecutive year, Íslandsbanki led the Icelandic Customer Satisfactory Index for banks in 2017 and was also named Best Bank of Iceland in 2018 by Euromoney and Bank of the Year in 2017 in Iceland by the Banker. Íslandsbanki has a BBB+/A-2 rating from S&P Global Ratings and BBB/F3 from Fitch Ratings and is the only bank in Iceland rated by two international rating agencies. www.islandsbanki.is
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