BUSINESS Int'l rating agencies confident in BRICS bank

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Int'l rating agencies confident in BRICS bank

Xinhua

22:41, August 30, 2018

SHANGHAI, Aug. 29 (Xinhua) -- The BRICS New Development Bank (NDB) has received favorable ratings from S&P Global Ratings and Fitch Ratings, the Shanghai-based bank said Wednesday.

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S&P announced Wednesday that it has assigned AA+ long-term and A-1+ short-term issuer credit ratings with a stable outlook to the NDB. Earlier this month, Fitch put the bank's long-term issuer default rating (IDR) at AA+ and short-term IDR at F1+ with a stable outlook.

"The ratings reflect our opinion that NDB will establish itself as a catalyst in reducing the infrastructure deficits faced by its BRICS members," S&P said.

The ratings reflect the NDB's "strong financial profile" and endorse "its prudent future growth plans and sound risk management practices," said K. V. Kamath, NDB president.

He stated that the ratings put the NDB in an exceptional position to mobilize financial resources at competitive rates, greatly enhancing its lending capacity to BRICS members.

"These ratings also mark the beginning of an exciting period for the bank wherein it will look to establish itself as a benchmark issuer in global capital markets. This milestone enables the bank to offer a full suite of financial products to its public and private sector clients," he added.

The NDB is a multilateral development bank founded in 2014 by BRICS member countries, Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, with the aim to support infrastructure and sustainable development projects in BRICS countries and other emerging economies. It formally opened in Shanghai in 2015.

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