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Rating Action:

Moody's affirms Banco do Brasil's ratings; outlook stable

09 Oct 2019

New York, October 09, 2019 -- Moody's Investors Service ("Moody's") has today affirmed all of Banco do Brasil S.A.'s (BB) ratings, following the affirmation of the bank's ba2 baseline credit assessment (BCA). BB is rated Ba2 and Not Prime for long- and short-term local currency deposits and Ba3 and Not Prime for long- and short-term foreign currency deposits. Banco Do Brasil S.A. (Cayman)'s long-term senior unsecured foreign currency debt rating is Ba2. All ratings have a stable outlook.

A full list of the affected ratings and assessments is provided at the end of this press release.

RATINGS RATIONALE

The affirmation of BB's ba2 BCA and all its ratings recognizes the gradual improvement of the bank's profitability and capital metrics over the past two years, despite Brazil's slow economic growth and modest business activity. Additionally, the BCA affirmation incorporates the bank's continued access to stable and low-cost core funding, supported mostly by BB's nationwide branch footprint and status as a government-owned bank.

Notwithstanding the sizable drop in Brazil's basic interest rate (Selic), BB has reported consistent earnings generation and steady net interest margins. Bottom-line results have benefited from the change in BB's loan mix, with increased focus on higher yielding consumer loans and commercial loans to small and mid-sized companies. In addition, BB has sustained profits by expanding holdings of fixed-income securities and focusing on growing fee income and containing operating expenses. Credit costs remain in check. We anticipate, however, that incremental improvements to profitability will not be sizable in future quarters because of BB's expectation of low single-digit loan growth for 2019 and more competition for lending rates in the banking system.

A key credit strength supporting the ratings is BB's ample and steady funding structure, with a predominant participation of demand and savings deposits, which is complemented by access to federal funds and judicial deposits. Increasing competition for deposits may lead to higher funding rates, but we expect BB will maintain its sizable market shares in core, inexpensive deposits because of its large branch capillarity and safe haven standing for depositors.

BB has a moderate capital position, as measured by Moody's preferred ratio of tangible common equity (TCE) to risk weighted assets (RWAs) of 10.9% in Q2 2019, which we calculate by risk-weighting government securities at 100% and deducting a large part of deferred tax assets (DTAs). At this level, BB's TCE/RWA is above the ratio of its privately-held peers. BB's capitalization improved significantly since June 2015, when its TCE ratio was a low 6.9%. Replenishment of shareholders' equity through earnings and the downsizing of its balance sheet contributed mostly to strengthen BB's TCE/RWA ratio.

The improvement in capital ratio is a credit positive for BB's BCA, and should support future loan growth. For 2019, we estimate BB will maintain stable capitalization because of modest earning generation and payouts in the range of 30% to 40% of net income, which remains in line with payout ratios from the last five years.

Regarding asset quality, BB's problem loan ratio remains below peak levels observed in 2016/2017 and is still aligned with a ba2 BCA. BB's changing loan mix has resulted in retail loans accounting for about one-third of its loan book, therefore improving borrower concentration. Legacy problem loans from Brazil's latest recession are less likely to affect asset quality metrics, now that provisions and recoveries have been accounted for. We expect BB's granular loan portfolio and low-risk rural loans will keep the bank's asset quality metrics in line with those of its Brazilian peers in the next 12 to 18 months, despite a brief rise in loan delinquency in the first half of 2019 caused by a single large corporate client that filed for bankruptcy proceedings.

BB has cultivated a strong risk governance culture and adhered to the practices imposed by Brazil's securities commission and regulators. In addition, the quality of information and disclosure has been consistently high. For those reasons, Moody's does not have any governance concern incorporated in BB's ba2 BCA, which also does not incorporate social risk considerations. Moody's views BB's role as an agriculture policy bank with leading market share in agricultural loans as a credit strength. In June 2019, rural loans comprised about 30% of BB's loan book.

BB's Ba2 long-term local currency deposit rating and Banco Do Brasil S.A. (Cayman)'s foreign currency senior debt ratings reflect the bank's ba2 BCA and Moody's assessment that, as a government-backed institution, BB would benefit from very high government support in a situation of stress. However, BB's BCA is positioned at the same level as Brazil's sovereign rating to reflect the interconnectedness between the bank and the sovereign's creditworthiness.

WHAT COULD CHANGE THE RATING -- DOWN/UP

BB's ba2 BCA, Ba2 deposit rating and Banco Do Brasil S.A. (Cayman)'s senior unsecured debt ratings are aligned to Brazil's Ba2 sovereign rating because of the strong credit interlinks between the sovereign and the bank. Brazil's Ba2 sovereign rating has a stable outlook, and therefore, there is no upward pressure on the ratings.

For the same reason, a downgrade of the sovereign rating could lower BB's BCA. In addition, BB's BCA, as well as its subordinated debt ratings, could be downgraded if there is material deterioration in the bank's asset risk and profitability, leading to weaker capitalization.

METHODOLOGY USED

The principal methodology used in these ratings was Banks published in August 2018. Please see the Rating Methodologies page on www.moodys.com for a copy of this methodology.

Banco do Brasil S.A., is headquartered in Brasilia, Brazil, and reported BRL1,541 billion (USD402 billion) in assets and BRL99.4 billion (USD25.9 billion) in shareholders' equity as of 30 June 2019.

LIST OF AFFECTED RATINGS AND ASSESSMENTS

The following ratings and assessments of Banco do Brasil S.A. were affirmed:

- Long-term global local currency deposit rating of Ba2, stable outlook

- Short-term global local currency deposit rating of Not Prime

- Long-term global foreign currency deposit rating of Ba3, stable outlook

- Short-term global foreign currency deposit rating of Not Prime

- Senior Unsecured Medium-Term Note Program of (P)Ba2

- Long-term global local currency counterparty risk rating of Ba1

- Short-term global local currency counterparty risk rating of Not Prime

- Long-term global foreign currency counterparty risk rating of Ba1

- Short-term global foreign currency counterparty risk rating of Not Prime

- Long-term Brazilian national scale deposit rating of Aa1.br

- Short-term Brazilian national scale deposit rating of BR-1

- Long-term Brazilian national scale counterparty risk rating of Aaa.br

- Short-term Brazilian national scale counterparty risk rating of BR-1

- Baseline credit assessment of ba2

- Adjusted baseline credit assessment of ba2

- Long-term counterparty risk assessment of Ba1(cr)

- Short-term counterparty risk assessment of Not Prime(cr)

..Outlook Actions:

....Outlook, Stable

The following ratings and assessments of Banco Do Brasil S.A. (Cayman) were affirmed:

- Long-term global local currency counterparty risk rating of Ba1

- Short-term global local currency counterparty risk rating of Not Prime

- Long-term global foreign currency counterparty risk rating of Ba1

- Short-term global foreign currency counterparty risk rating of Not Prime

- Long-term counterparty risk assessment of Ba1(cr)

- Short-term counterparty risk assessment of Not Prime(cr)

- Senior Unsecured debt rating of Ba2, stable outlook

- Senior Unsecured Medium-Term Note Program of (P)Ba2

- Subordinate Regular Bond/Debenture of Ba3

- Pref. Stock Non-cumulative of B2(hyb)

- Junior Subordinate Bond of B2(hyb)

- Other Short Term of (P)Not Prime

..Outlook Actions:

....Outlook, Stable

Moody's National Scale Credit Ratings (NSRs) are intended as relative measures of creditworthiness among debt issues and issuers within a country, enabling market participants to better differentiate relative risks. NSRs differ from Moody's global scale credit ratings in that they are not globally comparable with the full universe of Moody's rated entities, but only with NSRs for other rated debt issues and issuers within the same country. NSRs are designated by a ".nn" country modifier signifying the relevant country, as in ".za" for South Africa. For further information on Moody's approach to national scale credit ratings, please refer to Moody's Credit rating Methodology published in May 2016 entitled "Mapping National Scale Ratings from Global Scale Ratings". While NSRs have no inherent absolute meaning in terms of default risk or expected loss, a historical probability of default consistent with a given NSR can be inferred from the GSR to which it maps back at that particular point in time. For information on the historical default rates associated with different global scale rating categories over different investment horizons, please see http://www.moodys.com/researchdocumentcontentpage.aspx?docid=PBC_1174796.

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For any affected securities or rated entities receiving direct credit support from the primary entity(ies) of this credit rating action, and whose ratings may change as a result of this credit rating action, the associated regulatory disclosures will be those of the guarantor entity. Exceptions to this approach exist for the following disclosures, if applicable to jurisdiction: Ancillary Services, Disclosure to rated entity, Disclosure from rated entity.

Regulatory disclosures contained in this press release apply to the credit rating and, if applicable, the related rating outlook or rating review.

Please see www.moodys.com for any updates on changes to the lead rating analyst and to the Moody's legal entity that has issued the rating.

Please see the ratings tab on the issuer/entity page on www.moodys.com for additional regulatory disclosures for each credit rating.

Alexandre Albuquerque
Vice President - Senior Analyst
Financial Institutions Group
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M. Celina Vansetti-Hutchins
MD - Banking
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