articles | 05 December 2015

DBRS upgrades Cyprus' rating

Credit rating service DBRS has upgraded its long-term rating for Cyprus from B (low) to B, it announced recently.

A press release issued said the upgrade reflects DBRS’ view that strong fiscal performance and signs of economic stabilization have helped ease near-term concerns regarding the fallout from the financial crisis.

“Cypriot authorities have demonstrated a strong commitment to the troika-supported adjustment program, and available official financing exceeds Cyprus’ needs,” the rating agency said.

“Nonetheless, Cyprus’ B rating underscores the depth of Cyprus’ challenges and continued need for external support. Cyprus remains vulnerable due to high levels of debt, relatively high real interest rates and reliance on external demand to fuel growth.”

According to the press release, improvements in fiscal management, debt, and liquidity, are the main factors driving the upgrade.

“Sustained economic and fiscal outperformance could lead to further upward pressure on the ratings,” DBRS added.

“Accelerating progress on the resolution of non-performing loans, on privatization and on steps to encourage foreign investment could enhance growth prospects and also provide support to the ratings.”

On the other hand, it warned, “a prolonged period of weak growth, particularly if combined with fiscal policy slippages and higher financing needs, could result in downward pressure on the ratings”.

“External factors, including political developments between Cyprus and Turkey and between the EU and Russia, could also have an impact on prospects for growth and investment in tourism, financial services and the energy sector,” it added.

Source: Cyprus Mail

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