Portuguese Bank Ratings Affirmed On Recapitalization; Outlooks Still Negative; Some Debt Issues Downgraded Jul 12
- Language: English
- Published: July 2012
- Region: Portugal
On March 23, 2011, the Portuguese parliament rejected the government's proposed austerity package. Prime Minister José Sócrates subsequently resigned, which, in our opinion, increases policy uncertainty and heightens Portugal's refinancing risk. We have lowered our long-term sovereign credit rating on Portugal by two notches to 'BBB' from 'A-'. The 'A-2' short-term sovereign credit rating is unchanged. All ratings remain on CreditWatch with negative implications, pending the official announcement about the European Stability Mechanism. We are lowering our long- and short-term counterparty credit ratings on the five Portuguese banks and two related subsidiaries that we rate. The long-term ratings remain on CreditWatch with negative implications. The negative CreditWatch implications reflect the possibility of a further sovereign downgrade, which we expect could...
Action: On CreditWatch:Negative
Action: Removed From CreditWatch
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