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“THE BANKER” REAFFIRMS BKT AS “THE BEST BANK IN ALBANIA” FOR 2013


Tirana, Albania (December 1, 2013) - Banka Kombëtare Tregtare has reaffirmed its position as “The Best Bank in Albania” for 2013. The international preeminent financial magazine “The Banker” has appraised BKT’s successful financial management, sustainable growth in profitability and market share and innovative banking services. The award was submitted to BKT’s Chairman, Mr. Mehmet Usta, and CEO and Board Member, Mr. Seyhan Pencabligil, in the gala dinner organized for the occasion in London. 
The Banker, the banking sector’s magazine of Financial Times, is the world's premier banking and finance resource. Read in over 180 countries around the world, The Banker is the key source of data and analysis for the banking industry. The evaluation by this magazine for the third time in the last four years as “The Best Bank in Albania”, confirms the growth of the capacities and the significant role of BKT within the Albanian banking system. This award testifies that despite the bitter conditions in the Albanian economy, BKT has proved to be the leader of the market in quality, management and service innovation, and the expertise to support and expand its clientele.
During the awards ceremony in London, the Chairman Mr. Usta emphasized that: “We are proud to take this award on behalf of all our employees and our customers, who have trusted in BKT’s energy, human capital and knowhow. We believe that our success will inspire many other Albanian enterprises to perform better and contribute to the Albanian economy.”
Three awards within 2013 
During 2013 BKT has managed to gather all three major “The Best Bank in Albania” awards provided by the most important international financial institutions: Euromoney, The Banker and EMEA Finance. The acknowledgement of BKT’s CEO Mr. Seyhan Pencabligil as “The CEO of the Year in Europe” has been another clear evidence of BKT’s regional success.
One of the two largest banks 
BKT, which leads the market in retail banking, is the second largest and the oldest commercial bank in Albania, having a total asset value of 2.5 billion USD and a total deposit of 2 billion USD.  BKT network includes 84 branches, out of which 60 are located in Albania and 24 in Kosova, becoming the largest Albanian bank in the region. Since its privatization in 2000, BKT is the only bank in Albania that has been constantly rated with the highest possible ratings. 
Continuous growth
Despite the low economic growth in Albania, BKT has managed to be the only bank that has increased its profitability and market share. BKT CEO Mr. Pencabligil said that: “Unlike our competitors, we have been able to grow and generate profit in good times as well as during the last crisis. Our main motivation is the belief that Albanians deserve more and better of what they have, banking included.”

 

 


Dear Customers!


In order to provide a better service and offer you new banking opportunities, BKT has planned to install a new version of the core banking system at the Bank during the weekend of 23-24 November. Despite our maximum efforts not to affect our service to you, as a result of this planned maintenance there may be some interruptions of banking services as described below:
1.    Kristal Branch and Durres Customs Agency will remain closed on 23 and 24 November 2013
2.    BKT debit cards will not work on both ATM and POS starting from 23:00 of Friday November 22 till 14:00 of Saturday Nov 23. BKT Credit cards and other bank cards will continue to work normally on our terminals during this period.
3.    “Internet” Branch service will be interrupted starting from 23:00 of Friday November 22 till 16:00 of Saturday November 23.
Apologizing for any inconvenience we might cause, we assure you that we will do our best to keep the service interrupting at the most possible lowest level.
Thank you for your understanding.

BKT

 

 

JCR Eurasia Rating confirms AA(Alb) evaluation to BKT for Corporate Governance


Tirana, Albania (October 10, 2013) - JCR Eurasia Rating, by evaluating the corporate governance practices established within BKT, has assigned(AA(Alb)/Merit) for the overall level of compliance with the Albanian Corporate Governance Code and the regulations set by Albanian Ministry of Finance. The grade assigned to BKT signifies a Merit Level of Compliance with the principles of the code. 

JCR-ER has observed that BKT has kept the level reached 12 months ago, with a well-defined and transparent organizational structure with balanced tasks and responsibilities accompanied by qualified management, existence of functional monitoring, audit, compliance and risk management systems, healthy relationship between the management and shareholders and regulatory authorities depending on mutual trust. 
BKT is the first company in Albania to receive the corporate governance rating on compliance with the code. This proves once more the capability of BKT to be the pioneer not only in the services and products offered, but also in management.
JCR Eurasia Rating is the Eurasian affiliate of Japan Credit Rating Agency, one of the most prestigious rating agencies in the world.

 

  

”EUROMONEY” REAFFIRMS BKT AS “THE BEST BANK IN ALBANIA” FOR 2013

Tirana, Albania (12 July, 2013) - Banka Kombëtare Tregtare adds another important award to its international evaluations’ collection. BKT, with its successful financial management and innovative banking services, is confirmed for the second year in a row as “The Best Bank in Albania” by the international preeminent financial magazine, “Euromoney” for 2013. The award was submitted to BKT’s Chairman, Mr. Mehmet Usta, and CEO and Board Member, Mr. Seyhan Pencabligil, in the gala dinner organized for the occasion in London. 
Euromoney is among the top financial publications in the world. For more than 20 years, the magazine evaluates the global banking systems and asset markets. The evaluation for the second consecutive time as “The Best Bank in Albania”, confirms the growth of the capacities and the role of the Bank within the Albanian banking sector. This award testifies that BKT is the leader of the market in quality, management and service innovation, and the expertise to support and expand its clientele.
During the awards ceremony in London, the Chairman Mr. Usta emphasized that: “We are proud that our consistent growth, sustainable profitability, innovative products and customer service have not gone unnoticed. As long as we implement our growth strategy in line with our vision, we will keep being The Best Bank in Albania just like in the past, when we were stated as The Best Bank in Albania three times by The Banker, three times by EMEA Finance and twice by Finance Central Europe.”
Best CEO in Europe 
In May 2013, BKT’s CEO Mr. Seyhan Pencabligil, was awarded as “The CEO of the Year for Europe” by EMEA Finance magazine. Mr. Seyhan Pencabligil, who has run the Bank since its privatization in 2000 and increased the return on capital for 13 years an average of 27%, plays a crucial role not only in the high performance of BKT, but also in the management of Association of Albanian Banks and ICC Albania, where he carries out his duties as the Chairman.
One of the two largest banks 
BKT is the second largest and the oldest commercial bank in Albania, having a total asset value of 2.4 billion USD and a total deposit of 1.9 billion USD.  BKT network includes 83 branches, out of which 59 are located in Albania and 24 in Kosova, becoming the largest Albanian bank in the region. Since its privatization in 2000, BKT is the only bank in Albania that has been constantly rated with the highest possible ratings by Moody’s and JCR Eurasia Rating. 
Becoming a regional bank
Despite the low economic growth in Albania, BKT has managed to be the only bank that has increased its profitability and market share. Mr. Pencabligil said that”: “Despite the ups and downs in the world and European economy, BKT’s consistent growth and profitable performance has made the difference. The success we have reached in Albania makes us bolder in evaluating the opportunities in extending our presence in the Balkan’s region.

 

 

BKT AWARDED AS BANK OF YEAR 2012

Mr. Seyhan Pencabligil CEO of BKT, has been awarded as CEO of 2012 for Europe
Tirana, Albania (April 19th, 2013) – Banka Kombëtare Tregtare has been awarded for the third time consecutively as The Best Local Bank of Year in Albania by the prestigious British magazine EMEA Finance. At the same time Mr. Seyhan Pencabligil CEO of BKT has been awarded as CEO of 2012 for Europe by EMEA Finance. 
 
The Awards, which were recently announced, will be delivered in the ceremony that will take place in Vienna on June 5, 2013.
 
EMEA Finance, one of the most important financial magazines in the world that follows developments in the financial markets in emerging Europe, Middle East and Africa, awards each year best banks and financial institutions in these markets.  
 
BKT is the second largest bank and the oldest bank in Albania, having a total asset value of 2.3 billion USD and a total deposit of 1.9 billion USD.  BKT network includes 83 branches, out of which 59 are located in Albania and 24 in Kosova, becoming the largest Albanian bank in the region.  Lately, BKT has been awarded as “Best Bank in Albania for the year 2012” by the pre-eminent British magazine Euromoney magazine and also assigned a credit rating of AAA (ALB) by JCR Eurasia Rating, the highest possible rating taken by any Albanian bank.

 


 

JCR Eurasia Rating reaffirms AAA (Alb) to BKT for the fifth time in a row


Tirana, Albania
 (April 8th, 2013) – JCR Eurasia Rating has reaffirmed for the fifth time a credit rating of ‘AAA (Alb)’ along with a ‘stable’ outlook to Banka Kombetare Tregtare Sh.A. (BKT) on the long term national scale, which denotes the highest investment grade. Furthermore, JCR-ER has assigned a Long Term International Foreign and Local Currency Grade to BKT of “BB+”.

JCR Eurasia Rating is the Eurasian affiliate of Japan Credit Rating Agency, one of the most prestigious rating agencies in the world. 

AAA (Alb) stands for the highest possible evaluation within local market, showing that BKT is the most reliable and financially strong bank in Albania.

JCR-ER has observed that BKT achieved successful results and recorded growths well over the sector averages in all segments in 2012, thus reinforcing its second place market position and taking steps to take over the sector’s top position. The well-capitalized Bank’s generated internal resources will continue to be dynamic for its high growth. 

BKT is the second largest and the oldest commercial bank in Albania with a total of 2.3 billion USD in assets and 1.9 billion of USD in deposits. BKT network includes 83 branches out of which 59 are situated in Albania and 24 of them in Kosovo, making BKT the biggest Albanian bank in the region.

 

 




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