MOODY'S ASSIGNS FINANCIAL STRENGTH RATINGS TO 10 CANADIAN BANKS
New York, 08-02-95 -- Moody's Investors Service assigned Bank Financial Strength Ratings to 10 Canadian banks. To differentiate the new ratings from its traditional Aaa-through-C credit ratings, Moody's BFSRs use a different letter scale ranging from A ("exceptional") to E ("very weak" -- see full definitions below).
BFSR's of Canadian banks range from B+ to C+. Royal Bank of Canada received the only B+. Moody's gave B ratings to CIBC, Bank of Nova Scotia, Bank of Montreal, Toronto Dominion, and Royal Bank of Canada's subsidiary, Royal Trust Company of Canada. The BFSR of C+ was given to National Bank of Canada, Caisse Central Desjardins and Bank of Nova Scotia's subsidiary Montreal Trust Company and Montreal Trust Company of Canada. No Canadian bank received the highest rating of A; in part because the Canadian banks are still addressing asset quality problems in their corporate portfolio. The C+ on Caisse Centrale Desjardins also reflects the fragmented legal structure of the Desjardins group of which it only makes up a moderate part.
Moody's said that BFSRs are intended to provide investors with a measure of a bank's "intrinsic safety and soundness" on a strict legal-entity basis. Moody's emphasized that, unlike its traditional credit ratings, BFSRs are not intended to measure the true risk of credit loss -- i.e., the risk that a bank will miss payments on its deposits or other fixed-income obligations. Instead, BFSRs provide a useful comparative indicator of what an institution's creditworthiness would be on a stand-alone basis.
Moody's said that it has begun assigning BFSRs to answer the frequent requests of bank investors -- particularly interbank and counterparty credit departments -- for Moody's assessment of what a given bank's credit profile would be without reference to support mechanisms, ownership, or membership in a banking group.
The rating agency noted that the attached listing of BFSRs is accompanied by traditional long- and short-term deposit ratings for each bank. The BFSRs should be viewed as a descriptive and component part of Moody's traditional deposit ratings. The analysis underlying BFSRs is conducted for all rated banks, and it is incorporated into the deposit ratings along with external considerations that can significantly affect a bank's ability to meet its obligations.
The Canadian bank rating assignments are part of a program to assign to all banks worldwide of which Moody's currently maintains bank deposit ratings. Like Moody's credit ratings, Bank Financial Strength Ratings will be globally comparable across countries and currencies, and they will be consistent in their meanings over time.
BFSRs will be publicly available through Moody's information centers, publications, and press announcements. Rating changes will also be announced publicly.
Definitions: Moody's Bank Financial Strength Ratings
Moody's Bank Financial Strength Ratings represent Moody's opinion of a bank's intrinsic safety and soundness and, as such, exclude certain external credit risks and credit support elements that are addressed by Moody's traditional debt and deposit ratings. Unlike Moody's traditional debt ratings, Bank Financial Strength Ratings do not address the probability of timely payment. Instead, Bank Financial Strength Ratings can be understood as a measure of the likelihood that a bank will require assistance from third parties such as its owners, its industry group, or official institutions. Bank Financial Strength Ratings do not take into account the probability that the bank will receive such external support, nor do they address risks arising from sovereign actions that may interfere with a bank's ability to honor its domestic or foreign currency obligations.
Factors considered in the assignment of Bank Financial Strength Ratings include bank-specific elements such as financial fundamentals, franchise value, and business and asset diversification. Although Bank Financial Strength Ratings exclude the external factors specified above, they do take into account other risk factors in the bank's operating environment, including the strength and prospective performance of the economy, as well as the structure and relative fragility of the financial system, and the quality of banking regulation and supervision.
The definitions for Moody's Bank Financial Strength Ratings (which have been revised slightly since they were announced in November) are as follows:
Banks rated A possess exceptional intrinsic financial strength. Typically, they will be major institutions with highly valuable and defensible business franchises, strong financial fundamentals, and a very attractive and stable operating environment.
Banks rated B possess strong intrinsic financial strength. Typically, they will be important institutions with valuable and defensible business franchises, good financial fundamentals, and an attractive and stable operating environment.
Banks rated C possess good intrinsic financial strength. Typically, they will be institutions with valuable and defensible business franchises. These banks will demonstrate either acceptable financial fundamentals within a stable operating environment, or better than average financial fundamentals within an unstable operating environment.
Banks rated D possess adequate financial strength, but may be limited by one or more of the following factors: a vulnerable or developing business franchise; weak financial fundamentals; or an unstable operating environment.
Banks rated E possess very weak intrinsic financial strength, requiring periodic outside support or suggesting an eventual need for outside assistance. Such institutions may be limited by one or more of the following factors: a business franchise of questionable value; financial fundamentals that are seriously deficient in one or more respects; or a highly unstable operating environment.
Where appropriate, a "+" may be appended to ratings below the "A" category to distinguish those banks that fall into intermediate categories.
The following Bank Financial Strength Ratings (BFSR) were assigned:
Bank Deposit Ratings BFSR
Bank of Montreal Aa3 Prime-1 B
Bank of Nova Scotia Aa3 Prime-1 B
Caisse Central Desjardins Aa3 Prime-1 C+
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce Aa3 Prime-1 B
Montreal Trust Company Aa3 Prime-1 C+
Montreal Trust Company of Canada Aa3 Prime-1 C+
National Bank of Canada A1 Prime-1 C+
Royal Bank of Canada Aa2 Prime-1 B+
Royal Trust Company of Canada Aa2 Prime-1 B
Toronto Dominion Bank Aa2 Prime-1 B
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