Fitch Ratings has maintained the ‘B’ notch in the Long-Term Issuer Default Ratings (IDRs) for four Vietnamese banks.
They include the Vietnam Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Agribank), the Vietnam Joint-Stock Commercial Bank for Industry and Trade (Vietinbank), the Saigon Thuong Tin Commercial Joint Stock Bank (Sacombank) and the Asia Commercial Bank’s (ACB).
The US credit rating agency has reaffirmed the ‘stable outlook’ rate in the IDRs for three of them, excluding ACB with a ‘negative outlook’.
The agency has also affirmed Vietinbank’s outstanding senior notes due 2017 at Long-Term ‘B’ and a Recovery Rating of ‘RR4′.
“The rating actions have been taken in conjunction with Fitch’s periodic review on Vietnamese banks,” Fitch said in its latest new release.
The Long-Term IDRs, Support Ratings and Support Rating Floors of Agribank and Vietinbank reflect Fitch’s expectation of likely state support as both banks are among those most systemically important to the domestic economy, it said.
Meanwhile, the Long-Term IDRs and Viability Ratings (VRs) of ACB and Sacombank reflect their reasonable standalone credit profiles and risk appetites, including to state-owned entities, but are constrained by ongoing challenges in the domestic operating environment, which have led to weaker asset quality and lower profitability indicators, Fitch added.
The ‘stable outlook’ on Sacombank incorporates its lower reported exposure to companies related to the former chairman, to 7 percent of core equity from an initial 21 percent.