The ratings on Nederlandse Waterschapsbank N.V. (NWB) are based upon the implicit support that the bank receives from the Ministry of Finance (MOF). NWB's ratings are also supported by the bank's effectively zero credit risk (as a result of its strict public sector lending remit), an exceptionally low cost base, strong capital ratios, and stable management. According to NWB's articles of association, the bank cannot lend to nor be owned by the private sector. The majority of lending is to housing associations, state and local governments, and water control boards. The bank also acts as a central treasury for the water control boards. Although NWB has commercial independence, central government support is indicated by the bank's shareholders, which are all...
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- Nederlandse Waterschapsbank N.V.
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