Fitch revises Audi and Byblos banks' outlook to negative

Following the downgrading of a country's credit rating, it is normal procedure to then do the same to a number of established banks.
by Georgi Azar

22 January 2019 | 21:51

Source: by Annahar

  • by Georgi Azar
  • Source: Annahar
  • Last update: 22 January 2019 | 21:51

This August 2010 file photo shows a sign for Fitch Ratings in New York (AP)

BEIRUT: Fitch Ratings has revised the outlooks on Bank Audi and Byblos Bank to negative from stable and affirmed the respective banks' Long­Term Issuer Default Ratings (IDRs) at 'B­'.

This comes in the wake of Moody's reassessment of Lebanon after it downgraded its credit rating to Caa1, reflecting a higher risk that the government may implement a debt rescheduling plan "that may constitute a default."

Following the downgrading of a country's credit rating, it is normal procedure to then do the same to a number of established banks. 

The Long­Term IDRs of Audi and Byblos are driven by their intrinsic strength as expressed by their Viability Ratings (VRs), Fitch said. 

Fitch noted both Audi and Byblos' respective domestic market share of just over 10% of assets, international diversification, liquid balance­sheet, resilient deposit base and competent management. 


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