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FIRSTRAND LIMITED - Amendment to FirstRand Bank Limited and FirstRand Limited Credit Ratings

Release Date: 28/11/2019 10:41
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Amendment to FirstRand Bank Limited and FirstRand Limited Credit Ratings

FirstRand Limited
(Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa)
(Registration number: 1966/010753/06)
JSE ordinary share code: FSR
JSE ordinary share ISIN: ZAE000066304
JSE B preference share code: FSRP
JSE B preference share ISIN: ZAE000060141
NSX ordinary share code: FST
(FirstRand or the group)

FirstRand Bank Limited
(Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa)
(Registration number: 1929/001225/06)
JSE company code interest rate issuer: FRII
JSE company code debt issuer: FRD
JSE company code ETF issuer: FRLE
(FRB or the bank)


On 26 November 2019, S&P Global Ratings (S&P) affirmed the issuer credit ratings of FirstRand
Limited and FirstRand Bank Limited. S&P lowered the South African long term national scale ratings
on FirstRand Bank Limited and affirmed its short term national scale rating. The long term and short
term national scale ratings on FirstRand Limited were also lowered.

The ratings actions follow the revision of the outlook on South Africa to negative from stable given the
weakening fiscal and debt trajectory and sizable contingent liabilities. S&P does not rate financial
institutions in South Africa above the foreign currency sovereign ratings, due to the direct and indirect
impacts of a sovereign distress on banks' operations. As a result, the outlook on FirstRand Bank Limited
and FirstRand Limited were also revised to negative.

These rating actions do not reflect any change in the fundamental credit quality of the bank.

Summary of rating actions on FirstRand Bank Limited and FirstRand Limited:

                                                                          To                From
 FirstRand Bank Limited
 Issuer credit rating                                          BB/Negative/B         BB/Stable/B
 South Africa national scale                                   zaAA/--/zaA-1+     zaAA+/--/zaA-1+
 Senior unsecured                                                         BB                  BB
 Subordinated                                                              B+                  B+
 Subordinated                                                            zaA+               zaAA-
 Junior subordinated                                                     zaA-                zaA

 FirstRand Limited
 Issuer credit rating                                           B+/Negative/B        B+/Stable/B
 South Africa national scale                                    zaA-/--/zaA-2       zaA/--/zaA-1

S&P’s press release can be accessed on:

28 November 2019

Sponsor and Debt Sponsor
RAND MERCHANT BANK (a division of FirstRand Bank Limited)

Date: 28-11-2019 10:41:00
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