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Banco de Chile -- Moody's rates A1 Banco de Chile's Japanese yen senior notes

Moody's Investors Service ("Moody's") today assigned an A1 rating to Banco de Chile's JPY10 billion fixed-rate senior unsecured notes maturing 3 June 2039. The A1 debt rating is based on Banco de Chile's strong asset quality, good profitability and stable, low cost retail deposit funding, although its capitalization remains moderate by global standards. As of March 2019, Banco de Chile reported stable and low nonperforming loans (NPLs) equal to just 1.2% of gross loans, while loan loss reserves covered NPLs by an ample 190%.