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Moody's affirms and withdraws Dexia Sabadell's B2/NP ratings; negative outlook

01 Feb 2013

Madrid, February 01, 2013 -- Moody's Investors Service has today affirmed Dexia Sabadell's long- and short-term deposit ratings at B2/Non-Prime, with a negative outlook on its long-term rating. At the same time, Moody's has affirmed the standalone bank financial strength rating (BFSR) of E, but lowered the equivalent standalone credit assessment to ca from caa1.

This rating action directly follows the rating action at the parent level, Dexia Credit Local (DCL, Baa2 negative /Prime-2/E mapping to a ca on the long-term scale), which is the controlling owner of Dexia Sabadell (for further details, please refer to Moody's press release on DCL published on 8 January 2013 http://www.moodys.com/research/Moodys-affirms-Dexia-Credit-Locals-Baa2P-2-ratings-outlook-negative--PR_263138). Moody's believes that Dexia Sabadell's intrinsic strength is strongly interlinked with that of its parent DCL, through ongoing funding support and guarantees.

Following this rating action, Moody's will withdraw the ratings of Dexia Sabadell for its own business reasons.

RATINGS RATIONALE

-- RATIONALE FOR THE AFFIRMATION OF THE DEBT RATINGS

The affirmation of Dexia Sabadell's long- and short-term deposit ratings of B2/NP reflects Moody's assessment of a very high probability of support from DCL, which is itself benefiting from substantial financial assistance from its shareholders.

Moody's says that Dexia Sabadell's likelihood of parental support stems from its strong interlinkages with DCL. The parent's capacity to continue providing support to its subsidiary on a standalone basis is limited. However, Moody's believes that the government support incorporated in the parent's debt ratings of Baa2 should be factored into the ratings of the groups' foreign subsidiaries, including Dexia Sabadell.

Moody's considers that the state-guaranteed debt scheme of EUR85 billion implemented for Dexia Group is essential to ensure DCL and its subsidiaries' ability to service their senior debt over their prolonged run-off period. This measure, together with the EUR5.5 billion capital increase for Dexia S.A. subscribed by Belgium and France on 31 December 2012, confirms the very strong support from the governments of Belgium, France and Luxembourg to Dexia Group and Moody's view that they will likely continue to take all necessary measures to ensure the group's ability to service its senior debt.

In addition, Moody's also believes that the substantial exposures of DCL to Dexia Sabadell --through the liquidity support and guarantees provided -- create a strong incentive to provide funding and capital support to the entity in the future.

The negative outlook on Dexia Sabadell's B2 long-term deposit rating reflects the negative outlook on the long-term ratings of DCL.

-- RATIONALE FOR THE LOWER STANDALONE CREDIT ASSESSMENT

The lowering of the bank's standalone credit assessment to ca from caa1 primarily reflects Dexia Sabadell's strong credit linkage with DCL, that continues to justify the alignment of its standalone credit assessment to that of its parent. In addition, the ca standalone credit assessment also incorporates the fact that DCL and its subsidiaries will be managed on a run-off basis, as contemplated in Dexia group's resolution plan.

Dexia Sabadell's intrinsic strength is strongly interlinked with that of its parent DCL. The entity is dependent on liquidity support from DCL, which accounts for the bulk of its funding. Furthermore, it has several large borrower concentrations that, relative to the bank's capital, exceed Bank of Spain's regulatory limits. These excess amounts over regulatory limits are covered by a guarantee issued by DCL.

In addition, Moody's notes that the following factors continue to challenge the bank's credit profile: (1) the prolonged run-off period for DCL and its subsidiaries contemplated in Dexia group's resolution plan, which will continue to deteriorate Dexia Sabadell's franchise; (2) weaker asset quality, which will likely deteriorate further given its exposure to Spanish and Portuguese regions and municipalities; and (3) pressures on Dexia Sabadell's solvency, in light of the expected asset-quality deterioration and the high leverage of its balance sheet, which benefits from the low regulatory risk-weighting of many of its public-sector assets.

-- RATINGS WITHDRAWAL

Subsequent to this rating action, Moody's will withdraw the ratings of Dexia Sabadell for its own business reasons.

Please refer to the Moody's Investors Service's Policy for Withdrawal of Credit Ratings, available on its website, www.moodys.com.

PRINCIPAL METHODOLOGIES

The principal methodology used in this rating was Moody's Consolidated Global Bank Rating published in June 2012. Please see the Credit Policy page on www.moodys.com for a copy of this methodology.

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Maria?Vinuela
Analyst
Financial Institutions Group
Moody's Investors Service Espana, S.A.
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Johannes Wassenberg
MD - Banking
Financial Institutions Group
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Moody's affirms and withdraws Dexia Sabadell's B2/NP ratings; negative outlook
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