Research Update: Dexia Bank S.A. CreditWatch Revised To Negative After Similar Rating Action On Belgium; 'A-2' Short-Term Rating Affirmed Dec 11
- Language: English
- Published: December 2011
- Region: Belgium
The ratings on Dexia Crédit Local (DCL), Dexia Bank S.A. (DB), and Dexia Banque Internationale à Luxembourg (DBIL) rely on a consolidated analysis of the Dexia group (Dexia), for which they act as the three main operating banks. Dexia has a unique and dominant position in the European local government market, a low-risk business mix, excellent asset quality, good operating performance, and satisfactory capital base. The group's reliance on wholesale funding is mitigated by conservative management practices. Although Dexia favored organic growth in the past four years, its past external growth operations carried inherent execution risks. This was exemplified by the purchase of Labouchère N.V. (now Dexia Bank Nederland N.V.; DBnl), which was a strategic and financial failure. Dexia's expertise...
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