Fitch Places Ceylon Income Fund on Rating Watch Negative

July 27, 2015 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s Fitch Ratings has placed the National Fund Credit Quality Rating assigned to the Ceylon Income Fund of ‘A(lka)’ on rating watch negative as there is uncertainty regarding the credit quality of a significant portion of the funds’ underlying assets, a statement said.

The rating agency said that this action comes after the Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka (SEC) did not renew the licence of Lanka Rating Agency (LRA), which rated 32 percent of Ceylon Income Fund’s assets as at end-May 2015.

The security watch dog issued a statement on earlier July, saying that LRA is not entitled to assess, evaluate or review the creditworthiness of listed securities or securities to be listed.

The fund’s Weighted Average Rating Factor was previously consistent with a National Fund Credit Quality Rating in the ‘A(lka)’ category.

The fund primarily invests in corporate debt instruments and is managed by Ceylon Asset Management.

The National Fund Volatility Rating is ‘V-NR’.

However Fitch says, the rating given will be resolved if the assets that were previously rated by LRA reduce materially or if these assets are rated by another rating agency.

Fitch will review the Rating Watch in one month’s time.