Doha, Qatar: Commercial Bank, Qatar’s first private bank, is proud to announce it has won the “Best Cash Management Bank in Qatar” award at The Asian Banker Middle East & Africa Transaction Banking Awards 2016, held in Dubai.
The Asian Banker is an authoritative provider of strategic business intelligence to the Asian financial services community. Judged by an international board of advisors, applicants were subject to a stringent assessment process and Commercial Bank beat stiff local competition to win the award.
Using innovative technologies, Commercial Bank’s specialist team provides corporate customers with a full range of cash management products and services to add value to their business. These include Corporate Internet Banking; Payroll and WPS (Wage Protection System) implementation; Liquidity Enhancing Account Combinations; Direct Debit; Sweep and Cash Concentration; and door-to-door Cash Collection and Delivery.
Commercial Bank CEO Joseph Abraham said: “Commercial Bank is proud of our track record of supporting Qatari businesses and the economy for a sustainable future. Two awards in two years is testament to the strength of our products, the effectiveness of our sales team and the quality of service provided by our cash management department. Winning this award demonstrates that Commercial Bank’s strategy of continual investment in technology and innovation to provide a unique customer and rewards service proposition.”
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Head of Corporate Communications
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About Commercial Bank
Commercial Bank has total assets of QAR 123.9 billion as at 30 Sep 2016. As a full service commercial bank, the Bank offers a full range of corporate, retail and investment banking services as well as owning and operating exclusive Diners Club franchises in Qatar and Oman. The Bank’s countrywide network includes 31 full service branches and 175 ATMs.
Profitable every year since incorporation in 1974, continual investment in technology and human capital, together with a strong capital base, provides a solid foundation for continued growth. A successful diversification strategy has expanded Commercial Bank’s GCC footprint through strategic partnerships with associated banks, the National Bank of Oman (NBO) in Oman and United Arab Bank (UAB) in the UAE. NBO, the second largest bank in Oman with total assets of OMR 3.5 billion as at 30 Sep 2016, has 60 conventional branches and 6 Islamic branches in Oman and 1 branch each in Egypt, Abu Dhabi and Dubai. UAB is headquartered in Sharjah, with total assets of AED 22.5 billion as at 30 Sep 2016, and operates 22 branches across the emirates in the UAE. Building on the successful execution of the Bank’s expansion strategy to date, Commercial Bank completed the acquisition of a majority stake in Alternatifbank in Turkey in July 2013.
Commercial Bank enjoys strong credit ratings of (A2) from Moody’s, (A+) from Fitch, and (BBB+) from Standard & Poor’s. The Bank is listed on the Qatar Exchange and was the first Qatari bank to list its Global Depository Receipts (GDRs) on the London Stock Exchange. Commercial Bank’s Swiss Franc bond issuance in December 2010, listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange, was the first public bond issuance by a Qatari bank in Switzerland. Commercial Bank’s latest bond issuance in June 2014 and June 2016 are listed on the Irish Stock Exchange.
Commercial Bank was awarded “SME Bank of the Year” for 2016 by The Asian Banker based on its wide-ranging achievements over the past three years, specialised team and customer focused products and services for SMEs. Commercial Bank also won the “Best Contact Centre” award at The Gulf Customer Experience Awards 2015 for outstanding customer service. In recognition of its CSR activities benefitting the Qatari community, Commercial Bank was awarded the “Best CSR Report”, at the Corporate Social Responsibility awards ceremony for organisations in Qatar
The Bank is dedicated to supporting Qatar’s community and social infrastructure through Corporate Social Responsibility programmes and sponsorship of various events. Title sponsorship of the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters reflects the Bank’s promotion of excellence in sports and its keen interest in enhancing Qatar’s international sporting reputation.
About Alternatifbank (ABank)
ABank was established in 1991 and has been listed on the Istanbul Stock Exchange since 1995. Commercial Bank became the majority shareholder in ABank in 2013 holding a 74.24% stake, following the acquisition of ABank shares of 70.84% from the Anadolu Group and 3.40% through a public tender offer. Anadolu Group remains a significant shareholder retaining 25% of shares in ABank. Currently the Bank owns 75% of ABank shares.
ABank is a mid-size Turkish bank that predominately serves medium-sized companies through a country-wide network of 53 branches in 20 cities. ABank provides commercial/corporate banking services and products, with a special focus on the growing segment of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises. ABank’s main product ranges cover trade finance instruments, working capital finance, cash management, and portfolio management.
At 30 Sep 2016, ABank had total assets of TL 14.9 billion, total loans stood at TL 10 billion, customer deposits of TL 6.9 billion and shareholders’ equity of TL 1.1 billion.
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