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Standard Bank Group is one of the big four full-service South African banks. The group operates in a range of banking and related financial services. The group has a wide representation which spans 17 African countries and 19 countries outside of Africa with an emerging markets focus. Standard Bank has 681 branches in South Africa and 332 in the rest of Africa.

Standard Bank Group is listed on the JSE Limited, share code SBK and has a December year end.

The Standard Bank Group is the largest South African banking group ranked by assets and earnings. The group had total assets of over R1 509 billion (approximately $162 billion) at 31 December 2008 and employed more than 50 000 (including Liberty) people worldwide. Standard Bank's market capitalisation at 31 December 2008 was R127 billion (approximately $14 billion).

The bank's long-term ratings are: Moody's Baa1, Standard & Poor's BBBpi, Fitch Ratings BBB+. The South African sovereign ratings are: Moody's Baa1, Standard & Poor's BBB+, Fitch Ratings BBB+.

Standard Bank's equity is widely spread. At 31 December 2008, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) held 20% followed by The Public Investment Corporation holding 12,5% and Dodge & Cox 4,6% of the group's shares in issue.

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