Kiwibank credit rating outlook upgraded with sovereign

Paul Brock, Kiwibank CEO

Government-owned lender Kiwibank has had the outlook on its credit ratings upgraded by Fitch Ratings as a result of its upbeat assessment of the sovereign earlier this week.

Fitch today affirmed the bank's AA foreign currency long-term issuer default rating and AA+ local currency IDR, while upgrading the outlook to 'positive' from 'stable', it said in a statement. The move reflects the new outlook on the New Zealand sovereign rating, which was upgraded to 'positive' on Tuesday due to the government's improving books. Kiwibank is a subsidiary of state-owned enterprise, New Zealand Post.

"The agency believes support would likely flow from the sovereign through NZ Post to Kiwibank, should NZ Post find it difficult to provide support itself," Fitch said. "Kiwibank's debt accounts for almost all of NZ Post's debt, with most of this debt representing retail deposits."

In February, the bank reported a 10 percent decline in first-half profit to $52 million, and has signalled plans to spend $100 million over four years to upgrade its core banking system.

Fitch said the lender's conservative risk appetite and asset quality compare favourably with domestic peers, while noting its capitalisation has remained more moderate relative to other lenders in spite of continuing improvements.

(BusinessDesk)


Got a question about this story? Leave it in Comments & Questions below.

This article is tagged with the following keywords. Find out more about MyNBR Tags

NZ Market Snapshot

Forex

Sym Price Change
USD 0.6646 0.0047 0.71%
AUD 0.9033 -0.0018 -0.20%
EUR 0.5979 -0.0055 -0.91%
GBP 0.4244 0.0014 0.33%
HKD 5.1530 0.0369 0.72%
JPY 81.8320 -0.0670 -0.08%

Commods

Commodity Price Change Time
Gold Index 1088.6 -4.010 2015-07-30T00:
Oil Brent 53.3 -0.070 2015-07-30T00:
Oil Nymex 48.5 -0.250 2015-07-30T00:
Silver Index 14.7 -0.040 2015-07-30T00:

Indices

Symbol Open High Last %
NZX 50 5891.9 5937.6 5891.9 0.49%
NASDAQ 5100.3 5135.6 5111.7 0.33%
DAX 11271.3 11298.1 11257.1 -0.02%
DJI 17743.2 17761.2 17751.4 -0.03%
FTSE 6668.9 6691.6 6668.9 0.31%
HKSE 24650.9 24661.2 24498.0 0.56%
NI225 20506.5 20585.2 20522.8 0.30%