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Summary: Societe Generale Feb 11
Standard & Poors, February 2011
The ratings on France-based bank Société Générale (SocGen) are supported, in Standard & Poor's Ratings Services' view, by the bank's diversified business profile, strong commercial position in its main businesses, and consistent strategy. Negative rating factors are the bank's sizable balance sheet that entails significant credit risk, complex books of illiquid assets and trading instruments, and large operations in emerging markets, notably Russia. Although expected to improve, SocGen's capitalization is only moderate and not supportive of its current ratings. We believe SocGen has high systemic importance in France. We classify the country as supportive under our ratings methodology. Although SocGen benefits from government support for the French banking system as a whole, the ratings on the bank reflect its stand-alone...
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- Societe Generale