Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) notes today’s announcement by Fitch Ratings (Fitch) on the credit ratings of CBA.
Fitch has affirmed CBA’s long-term issuer default rating (IDR) at AA- and has revised the outlook from stable to negative. CBA’s short-term rating of F1+ remains unchanged.
The affirmation of CBA’s ratings reflects that Fitch expects the bank to maintain its strong franchise and sound financial profile despite the findings of the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) Prudential Inquiry into CBA.
The long-term IDR outlook has been revised to negative to reflect CBA’s risks in remediating shortcomings in operational risk controls and governance. Fitch notes that the outlook may be returned to stable if CBA can strengthen its risk framework and controls in line with regulatory requirements and international best practices.
The long-term IDR rating and outlook for CBA’s New Zealand subsidiary, ASB Bank Ltd, are aligned with those of CBA.
The credit ratings assigned to CBA by other ratings agencies remain unchanged. Standard & Poor’s long-term issuer credit rating is currently AA- with a negative outlook and Moody’s Investor Services long-term debt rating is Aa3 with a stable outlook.