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07 Jan 2013
Singapore, January 07, 2013 -- Moody's Investors Service has today adjusted the foreign currency (FC)
bond and local currency (LC) country risk ceilings for Malaysia.
The sovereign rating of the Government of Malaysia is unaffected by these
The change in ceilings mean that the highest rating that can be assigned
to a domestic issuer in Malaysia, or to a structured finance security
backed by local currency receivables, is now as follows:
1) The long-term FC bond ceiling was raised to A1 from A3;
2) The long-term FC deposit ceiling remains at A3;
3) The short-term FC bond and deposit ceilings also remains unchanged
at P-1; and
4) The long-term LC bond and deposit ceilings were lowered to A1
Moody's decision to readjust the country ceilings for Malaysia is based
on the rating agency's assessment of moratorium risks given the country's
ability and willingness to service both its public and private cross-border
Largely due to healthy current account surpluses, Malaysia has amassed
a substantial foreign exchange reserve buffer over the past decade and
especially since the global financial crisis. Simultaneously,
the government has continued to rely primarily on LC instruments for financing—96.5%
of direct government debt is denominated in Malaysian ringgit as of Q3
2012—and the growth of the private sector's FC indebtedness
has remained manageable. Thus, given ample reserve adequacy,
the imposition of a moratorium on foreign exchange in the event of a government
default is unlikely.
Since the complete dismantling of selective capital controls early last
decade and the subsequent liberalization of the exchange rate in 2005,
non-resident absorption of Malaysian government securities has
risen substantially. Over the same period, Malaysia has sustained
its role as the largest center for Islamic finance. According to
the Malaysia Securities Commission, two-thirds of total sukuk
outstanding globally as of end-June 2012 was issued in Malaysia.
Thus, Malaysia may be compelled to sustain capital account convertibility
in order to maintain its market share for sukuk issuance, as well
as ensure favorable financing conditions for the government.
Moody's country ceilings capture externalities and event risks that arise
as a consequence of locating a business in a particular country and that
ultimately constrain domestic issuers' ability to service their debt obligations.
As such, the ceiling encapsulates elements of the economic,
financial, political, and legal risks in a country,
including political instability, the risk of government intervention,
the risk of systemic economic disruption, severe financial instability
risks, currency redenomination, and natural disasters among
other factors, that need to be incorporated into the ratings of
even the strongest domestic issuers. The ceiling caps the credit
rating of all issuers and transactions with material exposure to those
risks -- in other words, it affects all domestic issuers
and transactions other than those whose assets and revenues are predominantly
sourced from or located outside of the country, or which benefit
from an external credit support.
For a more detailed discussion of Moody's approach to country risk ceilings,
please see Moody's Rating Implementation Guidance entitled "Local-Currency
Country Risk Ceiling for Bonds and Other Local Currency Obligations",
published on 16 August 2012.
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