DUBLIN, March 16, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–KBRA Europe (KBRA) is assigning senior deposit and unsecured debt ratings of A and deposit and short-term debt ratings of K1 to Banco Santander-Chile (“San Chile ” or “the bank”), a subsidiary of Banco Santander SA (“Santander”). The outlook for long-term ratings is stable.

The ratings are based on San Chile’s diversified business model, with strong retail and commercial franchises in Chile, combined with resilient financial performance throughout the cycle supported by the bank’s disciplined risk management, in accordance with the prudent practices of the Santander Group. The bank has demonstrated strong profitability and low earnings volatility over time, supported by its pricing power, revenue diversification and best-in-class profitability. San Chile’s focus on continuously expanding its digital banking capabilities in recent years has boosted its historically low commission revenue and new customer acquisition. San Chile’s asset quality is solid and in line with its domestic peers, despite a higher exposure to consumer loans, supported by its conservative underwriting standards. Asset quality measures have steadily improved since 2012, reflecting the shift to lower risk segments in the retail portfolio. The bank’s capitalization reflects its risk profile and benefits from strong internal capital generation. Conservative risk weightings under Chilean regulations affect many international comparisons. San Chile has a large stable deposit base and a healthy liquidity position. The bank’s reliance on market funds is relatively high, which may expose it to some refinancing risk, but bonds are primarily used to fund long-term mortgages with strong daily liquidity and funding management. The ratings also incorporate San Chile’s status as a strategically important subsidiary to its parent company, Santander, and a strong likelihood of government support, if needed, given San Chile’s systemic importance. The likelihood of external support provides additional stability to San Chile’s ratings in the event that the standalone credit profile weakens

The ratings are based on KBRA’s Global Bank & Bank Holding Company Rating Methodology published on November 8, 2021 and KBRA’s Global ESG Rating Methodology published on June 16, 2021.

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