On Friday, S&P raised its rating on the main Spanish banks by one notch. The decision came in the wake of the rating upgrde by the same agency for Spain’s public debt on March 23, so its “a logical move,” according to Renta4.
Ratings agency Moody’s said yesterday that the European banks’ costs have increased due to the fact that the rise in regulatory and restructuring costs is eating up all the savings resulting from branch closures and workforce reductions.
According to Moody’s, the markets where there are the highest possibilities of integration are Spain, Italy, Germany and Austria. Unlike Italy’s banks, Moody’s believes the Spanish lenders are under less pressure to reduce their unproductive assets, thanks to the improving economic cycle and increased profitability at the operating level
Bank of Spain’s governor Linde considers the government’s forecasts ‘feasible’ but warns about possible risks.
BERLIN | By Alberto Lozano | As problem loan formation slows and credit costs ease, Spanish banks should perform better than Italians and Portuguese over the remainder of 2014 and through 2015 according to Moody’s.
MADRID | By Jaime Santisteban | Bankinter, the Spanish bank with highest credit rating announced results under expectations, according to Santander. Analysts look optimistic on Spanish equities profitability and expect a 15% growth in Ibex 35. Spain walks on a firm and positive trend, points out Moody’s.
MADRID | By Julia Pastor | Moodys considers that the biggest euro zone bank Santander has sufficiently diversified its sovereign risk and it has become stronger to face operating risks in Spain, thus increasing entity’s long-term credit in one notch, from Baa1 to Baa2. According to BEKA finance’s analysts in Madrid after this improvement Spanish economy’s risk profile will not be anymore the main and almost only variable limiting Santander’s rating to soften. The bank got a big boost which and announced a €1.5 billion issue of convertible bonds to reinforce its capital.
LONDON | By Moody’s Investors Service | Moody’s changed the outlook on Spain’s Baa3 government bond rating to stable from negative last Wednesday. Concurrently, Moody’s has affirmed Spain’s Baa3 government bond and (P)Prime-3 short-term rating.
WASHINGTON | The problem wasn’t just the forced flexibility implied in the S&P models to rate AAA what should had never been awarded top quality grades. The supervisory models themselves were incorrect, to start with.
LONDON | The two possible responses from Chancellor George Osborne and Prime Minister David Cameron are well known: they could either use again the eurozone card as a scapegoat, or face the UK rating downgrade.