Meezan Bank set to benefit from the government’s expansion of Islamic debt issuance

As Pakistan gears up to borrow as much as Rs750 billion in Islamic bonds from the country’s financial system, one bank is set to benefit more than all others: Meezan Bank. The forecast for the net interest margin for Meezan Bank is 5.43% in 2020 and 4.72% in 2021. The key cause of the bank’s growth is its rapid expansion of its branch network, coupled with the fact that its brand name and credibility in Islamic finance mean that the bank rarely ever struggles to attract deposits. Over the past two years, Meezan Bank has added 159 branches, which represents a 21% increase over that period.