(MENAFN Press) In another confirmation of its leading position at all levels nationally, regionally and internationally, The Banker magazine announced through its "Top 1000 World Banks" listing for its July 2012 publication, that the National Commercial Bank (NCB) tops the banks in the Middle East in terms of solvency "Tier 1 Capital", which is one of the most important criterion for measuring the strength of financial positions of banks and banking institutions.
In addition to attaining this prominent position among the leading banks in Saudi Arabia, the GCC and the Middle East as per the core capital criteria, the international ranking of NCB has also improved from 121st position to the 116th position for the current year - among 1000 banks covered by The Banker's listing.
Mr. Abdulkareem Abu Alnasr, CEO of NCB re-stressed that the Bank's upgrading of its international ranking illustrates its financial strength and healthy liquidity, and a recognition of its leadership not only in the banking industry in the Kingdom but also in the financial services sector at the national and regional levels. He added that the strength of the Bank was not limited to financial solvency and the size of assets alone, but are a result of its leading position in all of its core segments and products, delivery of excellent customer service, continuous paying attention to strong governance, and investing and developing talents.
Mr. Abu Alnasr said that despite the challenges faced by the financial institutions regionally and globally over the past two years such ranking reflects the Bank's ability to maintain a strong financial position, quality of its assets and high liquidity. He reaffirmed that NCB enjoys financial solvency and a solid capital base that qualified it to earn recently the financial rating at A category with a stable outlook from the Standard & Poor's, the international credit rating agency according to its new classification methodology, which aimed to compare the credit rating of banks at a global level.
It is also worth mentioning that the NCB has won numerous international awards, the most important of which were the "Best Local Saudi Bank Award" for the year 2011 by EMEA Finance magazine; the Euromoney Award as the Best Bank providing services to outstanding retail clients in the Kingdom for the year 2011; the Best Islamic Finance Deal Award for the year 2011 from the Asset magazine, specialized in finance and banking; the Award for the Best Bank in the Kingdom for the year 2011", granted by the Euromoney International, specialized in finance and banking, the Award for the Best Bank in the Kingdom for the year 2011, granted by the CPI Financial Group, and the Best Wealth Manger Award from the CPI Financial News Group for the year 2011.