Default Study: Australia & New Zealand 2005 Annual Default & Rating Transitions Sep 06

  • ID: 2091774
  • September 2006
  • Region: Australia, New Zealand
  • Standard & Poors
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Following a prolonged period of economic prosperity and benign credit conditions, 2005 saw some weakening of credit metrics, as reflected in rating downgrades exceeding upgrades by 1.7x. Contributing to the downward rating adjustments was a trend toward higher balance-sheet leverage, driven by M&A activity and share buybacks. In addition, one default was recorded in 2005 for a previously confidentially rated issuer. There were no defaults recorded in 2004. Overall, the credit quality of the Australia and New Zealand rating pool remains high, with an average issuer credit rating of 'A-' despite the number of speculative-grade credit ratings increasing in 2005. While the ratio of downgrades to upgrades has moved above the global average, rating volatility is consistent with that of...

Companies mentioned in this report are: Australia (Commonwealth of) (Unsolicited Ratings),New Zealand

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