Africa: Emergence and transformation
With the entry of several African sovereigns and large corporations into international debt capital markets and the corporate operating environment prompted this centralized source for Moody's research.
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  • COMPILATION
    12 May 2020|Moody's Investors Service
    This compendium brings together Moody’s recent research on African sovereign, banking and corporate finance credit. Featured articles include, Capital outflows will weigh on African banks’ financial metrics, Regional & Local Governments – South Africa: Coronavirus will reduce revenue collections and exert pressure on liquidity, and more.

    SECTOR COMMENT
    15 Apr 2020|Moody's Investors Service
    The IMF and the World Bank are leading an initiative to provide $500 million in financial support to the world’s poorest countries to address the impact of the global coronavirus outbreak. For the participating low-income countries, the initiative would lead to the suspension of payments or renegotiation of private-sector debt service obligations, which we would classify as debt defaults.

    CREDIT OPINION
    27 Mar 2020|Moody's Investors Service
    The South African government faces a continued deterioration in fiscal strength, structurally very weak growth and a debt burden that is set to rise even faster and to higher levels than we had previously expected. The unprecedented deterioration in the global economic outlook caused by the rapid spread of the coronavirus outbreak will further exacerbate South Africa’s challenges.

    SECTOR COMMENT
    26 Mar 2020|Moody's Investors Service
     The coronavirus shock will significantly constrain regional growth and pressure government budgets, while the most vulnerable sovereigns will have difficulty meeting financing needs.

    SECTOR COMMENT
    20 Mar 2020|Moody's Investors Service
    As a result of the coronavirus outbreak, we expect a slowdown in banks' credit growth as subdued consumer and investor sentiment mutes demand and stalls capital expenditure projects in the export and tourism sectors. We expect single-digit credit growth in 2020, down from our January forecast of 12%-15% credit growth.

    SECTOR COMMENT
    19 Mar 2020|Moody's Investors Service
    Problem loans forbearance by Nigerian banks amid the coronavirus will mask the true effect of asset quality deterioration in the country, a credit negative.
    SECTOR COMMENT
    12 Mar 2020|Moody's Investors Service
    . A protracted period of low oil prices is credit negative for Nigerian banks because it will weaken their dollar liquidity while elevating asset risks.