LONDON (Standard & Poor's) Sept. 14, 2006Nationwide Building Society recently announced that it is to merge with Portman Building Society, potentially making it the second-largest U.K. mortgage lender. Standard & Poor's Ratings Services does not consider that this merger will have any effect on its 'AAA' credit rating on Nationwide's €14 billion global covered bond program. This view has been taken owing to two primary factors. Firstly, on Sept. 12, 2006 Standard & Poor's affirmed its A+/A-1 ratings on Nationwide. The financial impact of the merger is not considered material. It is subject to the approval of both Portman's members and the Office of Fair Trading. The effective date is likely to be by end-September 2007. Secondly, while Nationwide has...
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- Nationwide Building Society Global Covered Bond Programme
- Nationwide Building Society
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