Moody’s downgrades ratings of BOC, HNB, Sampath Bank; changes outlooks to stable

Nov 21, 2018 (LBO) – Moody’s Investors Service has downgraded the long-term local currency deposit and foreign currency issuer ratings of Bank of Ceylon (BOC), Hatton National Bank Ltd. (HNB) and Sampath Bank PLC (Sampath) to B2 from B1.

At the same time, Moody’s has downgraded the long-term foreign currency deposit ratings of the same three banks to B3 from B2 and affirmed the short-term local and foreign currency deposit ratings of the banks at NP.

Moody’s has also downgraded the Baseline Credit Assessments (BCAs) and adjusted BCAs of the three banks to b2 from b1.

As a result, Moody’s has downgraded the banks’ long-term local and foreign currency Counterparty Risk Ratings (CRRs) to B1 from Ba3, and their long-term Counterparty Risk Assessments (CRAs) to B1(cr) from Ba3(cr).

In addition, Moody’s has affirmed the banks’ short-term CRR of NP and short-term CRA of NP(cr) and revised the rating outlooks of the banks, where applicable, to stable from negative.

“The rating actions follow the downgrade of Sri Lanka’s sovereign rating to B2 from B1 on 20 November 2018, and the change in the sovereign’s rating outlook to stable from negative on the same date,” Moody’s said.

“To reflect the deterioration in the operating environment, Moody’s has also lowered Sri Lanka’s Macro Profile to “Weak” from “Weak+”.”

Moody's downgrades ratings of three Sri Lankan banks_ changes outlooks to stable from negative