KBRA Assigns AA Rating with Stable Outlook to State of Alaska General Obligation Bonds

NEW YORK--()--KBRA assigns a long-term rating of AA with a Stable Outlook to the State of Alaska's General Obligation Bonds. The rating reflects the fundamental strength of the State's general obligation pledge as well as the State's consistent maintenance of very strong reserves that have historically been available to smooth the level of budgetary resources available year to year against the inherent volatility of its tax base, which is highly concentrated in commodity price sensitive oil and gas related taxes, rents, and royalties.

Key Credit Considerations
The rating was assigned because of the following key credit considerations:

Credit Positives

  • Ample reserve balances and direct liquidity available to support budgetary operations; and,
  • Robust natural resource base, which will likely continue to serve as a key economic driver.

Credit Challenges

  • Exposure to commodity pricing volatility, given the employment and economic output concentration in natural resource extraction and production;
  • Fluctuating budgetary performance, buoyed by the reliance on accumulated reserves to balance fiscal operations; and,
  • Elevated pension liability, particularly when measured relative to Gross State Product.

Rating Sensitivities
For Upgrade

  • Decreased reliance on Permanent Fund earnings withdrawals to balance budgetary operations.
  • A meaningful diversification of revenue sources, alleviating the concentration in commodity pricing sensitive natural resource-derived revenues.
  • Improvement in the State's socioeconomic metrics, notably personal income, could lead to upward rating migration over time.

For Downgrade

  • A weakening of budgetary performance, reserves, or direct liquidity.
  • A continuation of structural budgetary imbalance, leading to the depletion of State‚Äôs Permanent Fund to levels no longer commensurate with the assigned rating.

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Methodologies

Public Finance: U.S. State General Obligation Rating Methodology
ESG Global Rating Methodology

Disclosures

A description of all substantially material sources that were used to prepare the credit rating and information on the methodology(ies) (inclusive of any material models and sensitivity analyses of the relevant key rating assumptions, as applicable) used in determining the credit rating is available in the Information Disclosure Form(s) located here.

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About KBRA

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Contacts

Analytical Contacts
Michael Taylor, Senior Director (Lead Analyst)
+1 646-731-3357 michael.taylor@kbra.com

Peter Scherer, Director
+1 646-731-2325
peter.scherer@kbra.com

Karen Daly, Senior Managing
Director (Rating Committee Chair)
+1 646-731-2347
karen.daly@kbra.com

Business Development Contacts
William Baneky, Managing Director
+1 646-731-2409
william.baneky@kbra.com

James Kissane,
Senior Director
+1 646-731-2380
james.kissane@kbra.com

Contacts

Analytical Contacts
Michael Taylor, Senior Director (Lead Analyst)
+1 646-731-3357 michael.taylor@kbra.com

Peter Scherer, Director
+1 646-731-2325
peter.scherer@kbra.com

Karen Daly, Senior Managing
Director (Rating Committee Chair)
+1 646-731-2347
karen.daly@kbra.com

Business Development Contacts
William Baneky, Managing Director
+1 646-731-2409
william.baneky@kbra.com

James Kissane,
Senior Director
+1 646-731-2380
james.kissane@kbra.com