Saturday, November 12, 2011

Nepal Industrial & Commercial Bank Limited (NIC Bank) - Introduction

Nepal Industrial & Commercial Bank Limited (NIC Bank) commenced its operation on 21 July 1998 from Biratnagar. The Bank was promoted by some of the prominent business houses of the country. The current shareholding pattern of the Bank constitutes of promoters holding 51% of the shares while 49% is held by the general public. NIC Bank has over 34,000 shareholders. The shares of the Bank are actively traded in Nepal Stock Exchange with current market capitalization of about NPR 10,493 million.

The Bank has grown rapidly with 34 branches throughout the country while several branches are planned to be opened this year. All branches are inter-connected through optical fiber as well as V-Sat and are capable of providing real time on-line transactions.

NIC Bank was the first commercial bank in Nepal to have received ISO 9001:2000 certification for its Quality Management System standard in the year 2006. The Bank has recently been certified under the upgraded ISO 9001:2008 standards for the Bank's Quality System on Commercial Banking Activities for the first time in Nepal. Furthermore, NIC Bank became the 1st Bank in Nepal to be provided a line of credit by International Finance Corporation (IFC), an arm of World Bank Group under its Global Trade Finance Program, enabling the Bank's Letter of Credit and Guarantee to be accepted/ confirmed by more than 200 banks worldwide.

To add to these achievements, the Bank has also been awarded the "Bank of the Year 2007-Nepal" by the world-renowned financial publication of The Financial Times, U.K.-The Banker. This is the fruit of the Bank's outstanding performance backed by belief and support of its customers towards the Bank.

The Bank is run by professionals and believes in the highest standards of corporate governance.

The Board of Directors of the Bank is supported by a management team, which comprises of young, enthusiastic professionals. The Bank has successfully embarked on a multi-pronged strategy of consolidation, administrative streamlining, human resource up-skilling, strategic cost management, focused non-performing assets management, balance sheet and treasury management and controlled asset growth, in tandem with strengthening the credit culture as well as strategic marketing and sales.

NIC Bank's organizational structure is designed to support its business goals. However, it is flexible enough in seeking to ensure effective control and supervision and consistency in standards across all businesses at the same time. The organization structure is divided into five major areas viz Consumer Banking, Business Banking, Special Assets Management, Treasury and Liability Marketing and Transaction Banking all of which are supproted by the corporate center.

The Bank is committed towards providing financial services to its patrons by the means of efficient and cost effective service delivery through its Transaction Banking, Consumer Banking, Business Banking and Treasury divisions.

Consumer Banking comprises of consumer lending, retail credit products and banking services for individuals with dedicated teams. Consumer Banking services include home loans, auto loans, personal loans, education loans, travel loans, etc.

Liability Marketing & Transaction Banking comprises of institutional and personal deposit products and transaction banking services including debit cards, ATMs, safe deposit lockers, payment services, drafts, remittance, SMS Banking, Travelers' Cheques, etc.

Business Banking group comprises of corporate banking business including credit products and other banking services. It also includes corporate transaction banking, trade finance services, foreign exchange and corporate financing solutions including project & infrastructure finance, working capital & term loan credit, structured financing, syndication, cash management and advisory services.

Special Assets Management division is responsible for managing non-performing and restructured loans.

Treasury is responsible for management of liquidity and exposure to market risk, mobilization of resources, balance sheet management, pricing, investor relations and international operation. The Bank's treasury division offers a full range of Risk Management and Cash Management products and provides effective Treasury advisory services.

Further, Treasury also leverages its strong relationships with financial institutions to provide a wide range of Banking services.

The Corporate center comprises all shared services and corporate functions including finance, secretarial, risk management, legal, human resources, branding and corporate communications.

The Compounded Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of the Bank for the last 5 years is one of the highest in the industry. This shows that the Bank's performance has been consistent over the duration of five years. 5 year CAGR of key performance indicators of the Bank are as under.

The Bank believes in continuously offering new and value added services to its customers, with commitment to quality and value to its clients at the same time. Accordingly, the Bank has been in the forefront in launching innovative and superior products having unique customer friendly features with immense success.

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