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Research Update: Spain-Based CaixaBank Long-Term Rating Lowered To 'A' On Bank Criteria Change; Still On CreditWatch Negative Dec 11
Standard & Poors, December 2011
Following a review under Standard & Poor's revised bank criteria (published Nov. 9, 2011), we have lowered our long-term ratings on Spain-based CaixaBank, S.A. (CaixaBank) to 'A' from 'A+'. We have also lowered the long-term rating on CaixaBank's parent company, Caja de Ahorros y Pensiones de Barcelona (la Caixa), to 'BBB+' from 'A-'. Our long- and short-term ratings on CaixaBank and la Caixa remain on CreditWatch with negative implications, where they were placed on Dec. 8, 2011, following a similar action on the Kingdom of Spain. The ratings on CaixaBank factor in a 'bbb' anchor for banks operating exclusively in Spain, and our view of its strong business position, adequate capital and earnings, strong risk position, average funding, and adequate...
Companies mentioned in this report are: CaixaBank S.A.,Caja de Ahorros y Pensiones de Barcelona,Caixa Preference Ltd.
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CaixaBank S.A.,Caja de Ahorros y Pensiones de Barcelona,Caixa Preference Ltd.