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Fitch Expects to Assign a 'BBB+' Rating to Banco Inbursa's Proposed Senior Notes

May 28, 2014

MONTERREY, Mexico--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Fitch Ratings expects to assign a 'BBB+' rating to Banco Inbursa, S.A.'s (BInbursa) proposed issuance of global senior notes.

KEY RATING DRIVERS

The expected rating of 'BBB+(EXP)' reflects that these are senior unsecured obligations of BInbursa that rank pari passu with other senior indebtedness, and therefore, this rating is aligned with the bank's long-term Issuer Default Rating (IDRs) of 'BBB+', which in turn are driven by the bank's Viability Rating (VR) of 'bbb+'.

BInbursa's VR and IDRs are driven by its robust loss-absorbing capacity, adequate funding and liquidity profile, and its historically low and contained credit losses. These ratings also factor in BInbursa's strong and enhancing franchise, especially when assessed together with the other financial companies of its parent, Grupo Financiero Inbursa, and given the strong synergies with other non-financial companies related to the controlling shareholders. The bank's sound and relatively stable earnings are also considered.

The VR and IDRs also consider the relatively higher than its peers business, risk, and funding concentrations, although these have continued to decline gradually. The relatively high and volatile contribution of trading revenues is also factored in, although this item is typically positive and highly influenced by the mark-to-market of the bank's hedging positions. Also, BInbursa is seeking to reduce the volatility of trading revenues by shifting the mix of its hedging positions.

RATING SENSITIVITIES

Given their senior unsecured nature, these notes will typically be aligned with the bank's IDRs, and the rating of the notes will mirror any potential change on BInbursa's IDRs.

The VR and IDRs could be upgraded over the medium term if business and risk diversification continue to improve steadily, when the longer-term assets are entirely funded with stable customer deposits and/or wholesale debt that completely offsets tenor mismatches, and if the bank reduces earnings volatility driven by market-related revenues.

In turn, downside potential for these ratings would arise if the bank's capital adequacy metrics or internal capital generation deteriorate materially (i.e. Fitch core capital ratio below 15%), in the event of a reversal in the improving trends in funding and liquidity, and/or business and revenue diversification.

Credit Profile

BInbursa is Mexico's sixth-largest bank by loans, with 6.2% of the system's lending portfolio as of March 2014. It ranks seventh by deposits, with 5.9% of the sector's total. Initially oriented toward corporate banking, it has grown recently with a more diversified business mix among corporate, retail, infrastructure, and public sector loans. It is financed mostly through deposits and local issues of long-term debt.

BInbursa has a strong capital position and an ample loan loss reserve cushion that provide a high capacity to absorb losses. It also has sound profitability, driven by stable margins, outstanding operating cost efficiency, and well-contained credit costs. Its funding and liquidity profile is adequate and improving, while risk concentrations continue declining gradually, although these remain relatively high.

Additional information is available on www.fitchratings.com

Applicable Criteria and Related Research:

--'Global Financial Institutions Rating Criteria' (Jan. 31, 2014);

Applicable Criteria and Related Research:

Global Financial Institutions Rating Criteria

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=732397

Additional Disclosure

Solicitation Status

http://www.fitchratings.com/gws/en/disclosure/solicitation?pr_id=832009

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Fitch Ratings

Primary Analyst

Alejandro Garcia, CFA, +52 818 399 9146

Senior Director

Fitch Mexico S.A. de C.V.

Prol. Alfonso Reyes 2612

64920 Monterrey, Mexico

or

Secondary Analyst

Alejandro Tapia, +52 818 399 9156

Director

or

Committee Chairperson

Franklin Santarelli, +1 212-908-0739

Managing Director

or

Media Relations:

Elizabeth Fogerty, +1 212-908-0526

elizabeth.fogerty@fitchratings.com

Source: Fitch Ratings


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