MONTERREY, Mexico--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Fitch Ratings has affirmed the long-term foreign and local currency Issuer Default Ratings (IDRs) of Instituto para la Proteccion al Ahorro Bancario (IPAB) at 'BBB+' and 'A-', respectively. Fitch also affirms IPAB's short-term IDRs at 'F2', its Support Rating at '2', Support Rating Floor at 'BBB+', and its long- and short-term national scale ratings at 'AAA(mex)' and 'F1+(mex)', respectively. An issuance of local senior unsecured debt was affirmed at 'AAA(mex)'. The Rating Outlook on the long-term ratings is Stable. A full list of rating actions follows at the end of this press release.
KEY RATING DRIVERS - IDRs and National Scale Ratings
IPAB's IDRs and Outlook reflect the high ability and the propensity of Mexico's federal government to support IPAB if needed, given its key role in the local financial sector as a deposit insurance entity which ensures the public confidence on the banking system. Its IDRs are aligned with the sovereign's ratings. Fitch considers that even though IPAB does not rely on a specific sovereign guarantee, there are clear statements in its organic law that indicates the propensity of the Federal Government to provide support. IPAB's national ratings are at the highest grade on the ratings scale and also reflect support.
According to its organic law, the Mexican Congress will establish measures for the payment of guaranteed obligations and funding of supported financial institutions, if required. In addition, this law also considers a specific item of the Expenditures Decree, indicating that the Congress will provide budgetary resources to the entity to face its corresponding financial obligations if needed.
IPAB relies on bond issues (Bonos de Proteccion al Ahorro or BPAS) as its main liability, which benefit from a contingent payment mechanism. IPAB's financial agent, Mexico's central bank, can temporarily debit the Treasury's accounts to honor these bonds; according to the Revenues Law for 2015. This mechanism should be renewed annually and is applicable for all placed BPAS until their maturity. Fitch considers this mechanism further strengthens IPAB's debt servicing ability. Net liabilities as a percentage of Mexico's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) have steadily declined since the entity's creation. As of December 2013, these stood at 4.74% of estimated GDP, dropping from 11.60% at year-end 1999 (based on adjusted historical figures of GDP).
Any changes of IPAB's ratings will be driven by changes in Mexico's sovereign ratings, which currently have a Stable Outlook, or changes in its legal framework and the propensity of the Federal Government to reduce transfers of budgetary resources to IPAB that could alter its financial flexibly, although this seems unlikely in the near future.
KEY RATING DRIVERS - Support and Support Rating Floor
Fitch affirmed IPAB's Support Rating and Support Rating Floor at '2' and 'BBB+', respectively, given its systemic importance as the banking system's deposit insurance entity in Mexico and the willingness of the Mexican Congress to establish measures to support the entity if needed. Fitch's support rating floors indicate a level below which the agency will not lower the entity's long-term IDRs as long as the assessment of the support factors does not change.
A potential upgrade or downgrade of IPAB's Support Rating and Support Rating Floor will be driven by a change in Mexico's sovereign rating and/or a change in the expected propensity of support from the Mexican government; both unlikely factors at present.
Fitch has affirmed IPAB's ratings as follows:
--Long-term foreign currency IDR at 'BBB+';
--Long-term local currency IDR at 'A-';
--Short-term foreign and local currency IDRs at 'F2';
--Support Rating at '2';
--Support Rating Floor at 'BBB+';
--National scale long-term rating at 'AAA(mex)';
--National scale short-term rating at 'F1+(mex)';
--Local senior unsecured debt issues at 'AAA(mex)'.
The Rating Outlook is Stable.
Additional information is available on www.fitchratings.com
Applicable Criteria and Related Research:
--'Global Financial Institutions Rating Criteria' (April 28, 2015);
--'National Scale Ratings Criteria' (Oct. 30, 2013).
Applicable Criteria and Related Research:
National Scale Ratings Criteria
Global Non-Bank Financial Institutions Rating Criteria