Fitch revises city of Yerevan’s outlook to positive on sovereign rating action

25.12.2017 21:36
Fitch revises city of Yerevan’s outlook to positive on sovereign rating action

YEREVAN, December 25, /ARKA/. Fitch Ratings has revised the Outlook on the Armenian capital city of Yerevan's Long-Term Foreign- and Local-Currency Issuer Default Ratings (IDRs) to Positive from Stable and affirmed the IDRs at 'B+'. The Short-Term Foreign-Currency IDR has been affirmed at 'B'.

Fitch Ratings said in a press release that under EU credit rating agency (CRA) regulation, the publication of International Public Finance reviews is subject to restrictions and must take place according to a published schedule, except where it is necessary for CRAs to deviate from this in order to comply with their legal obligations.

’Fitch interprets this provision as allowing us to publish a rating review in situations where there is a material change in the creditworthiness of the issuer that we believe makes it inappropriate for us to wait until the next scheduled review date to update the rating or Outlook/Watch status. In this case the deviation was caused by the revision of the Outlook on the sovereign's IDRs.

Following the recent Outlook revision on Armenia's Long-Term IDRs (see 'Fitch Revises Armenia's Outlook to Positive; Affirms at 'B+' dated 15 December 2017 at www.fitchratings.com) we have taken similar rating action on Yerevan as it is rated at the same level as the sovereign and its IDR is constrained by the sovereign ratings.

The next scheduled review date for the City of Yerevan will be decided in December 2017 when Fitch publishes its LRG rating review calendar for 2018 .

The revision of the Outlook on the city reflects the following key rating drivers and their relative weights:
Yerevan's ratings are constrained by the sovereign ratings. Fitch believes that the city will keep posting a satisfactory budgetary performance, supported by steady transfers from the central government and sustain its zero debt status, while the sovereign ratings will remain a constraint on the city's ratings.

The City of Yerevan's ratings are constrained by the sovereign ratings, so any rating action on Armenia's sovereign IDRs would lead to a corresponding rating action on the city's IDR, Ficth ratings said. -0-


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