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Research Update: Spanish Savings Bank Bilbao Bizkaia Kutxa Ratings Lowered To 'BBB+' On Bank Criteria Change; Still On Watch Negative Dec 11
Standard & Poors, December 2011
Following a review of Bilbao Bizkaia Kutxa (BBK) under Standard & Poor's revised bank criteria (published on Nov. 9, 2011), we have lowered the long-term ratings on the bank to 'BBB+' from 'A-'. All long-term ratings on BBK remain on CreditWatch negative, where they were placed on Oct. 11, 2011. On Dec. 5, 2011, we placed the 'AA-' long-term sovereign credit rating on the Kingdom of Spain on CreditWatch with negative implications. As a result, we also placed the short-term ratings on BBK on CreditWatch negative on Dec. 8, 2011. The ratings reflect BBK's adequate business position, adequate capital and earnings, adequate risk position, average funding, and adequate liquidity. We consider BBK to have moderate systemic importance in Spain, which...
Companies mentioned in this report are: Bilbao Bizkaia Kutxa (BBK)
Action: On CreditWatch:Negative
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