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Rating Action:

Moody's changes outlook to stable on 9 Russian sub-sovereigns; ratings affirmed

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Global Credit Research - 04 Dec 2015

Actions follow stabilisation of sovereign creditworthiness

London, 04 December 2015 -- Moody's Investors Service, ("Moody's") has today changed to stable from negative the outlooks on the ratings of 6 regional and local governments (RLGs) in Russia and 3 government-related issuers (GRIs), reflecting the improvement in systemic risk. At the same time, it has affirmed the ratings of these 9 issuers.

Concurrently, Moody's has affirmed the ratings of 10 Russian regions and 3 cities with negative outlooks.

These rating actions follow the stabilisation of Russia's credit profile as captured by Moody's change of outlook to stable from negative on Russia's government bond rating (Ba1) on 3 December 2015. For additional information, please refer to the related announcement: https://www.moodys.com/research/Moodys-changes-outlook-on-Russias-Ba1-government-bond-rating-to--PR_339462.

Specifically, Moody's has affirmed the ratings of and changed the outlook to stable on the City of Moscow, City of St. Petersburg, SUE Vodokanal of St. Petersburg and OOO Vodokanal Finance, OJSC Western High-Speed Diameter, Republic of Bashkortostan, Republic of Tatarstan, Autonomous-Okrug (region) of Khanty-Mansiysk and Moscow Oblast.

Conversely, the ratings of the following regions were affirmed with negative outlooks due to their vulnerability to negative macroeconomic and financial pressure stemming from the operating environment: Samara Oblast, Chuvashia Republic, Oblast of Omsk, Republic of Komi, Krasnodar Krai, Krasnoyarsk Krai, Belgorod Oblast, Oblast of Nizhniy Novgorod, Republic of Mordovia, Vologda Oblast, City of Krasnodar, City of Omsk and City of Volgograd.

The full list of affected issuers and credit ratings can be found at the end of this press release.

RATINGS RATIONALE

-- RATIONALE FOR OUTLOOK CHANGE TO STABLE FROM NEGATIVE AND AFFIRMATION OF 6 RLGs' AND 3 GRIs' RATINGS

The outlook change to stable from negative and affirmations on the ratings of City of Moscow, City of St. Petersburg, Republic of Bashkortostan, Republic of Tatarstan, Autonomous-Okrug (region) of Khanty-Mansiysk and Moscow Oblast follows the strengthening of Russia's credit profile, as captured in the rating action on 3 December 2015. It reflects the strong linkages between the Russian government and the 6 RLGs through institutional, financial and macroeconomic linkages. We believe that these entities are able to maintain an adequate fiscal performance despite the still weak economy, thanks to their: (1) low or moderate level of market debt; (2) consistently adequate or strong budgetary performance; (3) relative stability of revenue streams due to strong local economies; (4) moderate to low refinancing risks.

The affirmation of the issuer ratings with stable outlooks of SUE Vodokanal of St. Petersburg, the senior unsecured rating of OOO Vodokanal Finance, and senior unsecured rating of OJSC Western High-Speed Diameter reflects their status as GRIs fully owned by the St. Petersburg government and their strong credit linkages with the City of St. Petersburg.

The affirmation of OJSC Western High-Speed Diameter's bond rating with stable outlook reflects its link with the City of St. Petersburg and the guarantee that the Russian government provides on its bond principal payments.

--RATIONALE FOR AFFIRMATION OF 10 REGIONS' AND 3 CITIES' RATINGS WITH NEGATIVE OUTLOOKS

The affirmation of the ratings with negative outlooks of 13 RLGs (Samara Oblast, Chuvashia Republic, Oblast of Omsk, Republic of Komi, Krasnodar Krai, Krasnoyarsk Krai, Belgorod Oblast, Oblast of Nizhniy Novgorod, Republic of Mordovia, Vologda Oblast, City of Krasnodar, City of Omsk and City of Volgograd) reflects their relative weaknesses in their rating categories. For these entities Moody's expects intensifying pressure on revenue growth while growing expenses (albeit at a slower pace) will make it challenging to maintain balanced budgets, and will likely cause their debt burdens to increase. Financial markets which lack stability and higher borrowing costs expose regions to some refinancing and liquidity risks.

Pressure from refinancing risks has partially abated as soft loans from the central government continue to ease the regions' refinancing needs. Debt affordability remains adequate and is supported by ongoing lending from state-owned banks.

--WHAT COULD CHANGE THE RATINGS UP/DOWN

Entities with a stable outlook could experience upward rating pressure in case of upward changes in the sovereign rating, provided their budget performances do not deteriorate. For Russian RLGs with negative outlooks an improvement in their performance leading to the stabilisation of their debt burden and a decline in refinancing risks could exert upward rating pressure. Deterioration in the sovereign's credit quality, and/or deterioration in the credit profiles of sub-sovereigns, could exert downward pressure.

-- RATINGS AFFECTED

-- THE RATINGS OF THE FOLLOWING 9 ISSUERS WERE AFFIRMED WITH STABLE OUTLOOK

Moscow, City of: the issuer rating and backed senior unsecured rating of Ba1 affirmed, outlook changed to stable.

St. Petersburg, City of: the issuer rating and senior unsecured rating of Ba1 affirmed, outlook changed to stable.

SUE Vodokanal of St. Petersburg: the issuer rating of Ba2 affirmed, outlook changed to stable.

OOO Vodokanal Finance: the backed senior unsecured rating of Ba2 affirmed, outlook changed to stable.

OJSC Western High-Speed Diameter: the backed senior unsecured rating of Ba3 affirmed, outlook changed to stable.

Bashkortostan, Republic of: issuer rating of Ba2 affirmed, outlook changed to stable.

Tatarstan, Republic of: issuer rating of Ba2 affirmed, outlook changed to stable.

Khanty-Mansiysk AO: issuer rating of Ba2 affirmed, outlook changed to stable.

Moscow, Oblast of: issuer rating of Ba2 affirmed, outlook changed to stable.

-- THE RATINGS OF THE FOLLOWING 13 ISSUERS WERE AFFIRMED WITH NEGATIVE OUTLOOK

Samara, Oblast of: issuer rating of Ba3 affirmed, outlook negative.

Chuvashia, Republic of: issuer rating and senior unsecured rating of Ba3 affirmed, outlook negative.

Omsk, Oblast of: issuer rating of Ba3 affirmed, outlook negative.

Komi, Republic of: issuer rating of B1 affirmed, outlook negative.

Krasnodar, Krai of: issuer rating and senior unsecured rating of B1 affirmed, outlook negative.

Krasnoyarsk, Krai of: issuer rating of B1 affirmed, outlook negative.

Belgorod, Oblast of: issuer rating and senior unsecured rating of B1 affirmed, outlook negative.

Nizhniy Novgorod, Oblast of: issuer rating of B1 affirmed, outlook negative.

Krasnodar, City of: issuer rating of B1 affirmed, outlook negative.

Omsk, City of: issuer rating of B1 affirmed, outlook negative.

Mordovia, Republic of: issuer rating and senior unsecured rating of B2 affirmed, outlook negative.

Vologda, Oblast of: issuer rating of B2 affirmed, outlook negative.

Volgograd, City of: issuer rating of B2 affirmed, outlook negative.

The sovereign action required the publication of this credit rating action on a date that deviates from the previously scheduled release date in the sovereign release calendar, published on www.moodys.com.

The specific economic indicators, as required by EU regulation, are not available for these entities. The following national economic indicators are relevant to the sovereign rating, which was used as an input to this credit rating action.

Sovereign Issuer: Russia, Government of

GDP per capita (PPP basis, US$): 24,449 (2014 Actual) (also known as Per Capita Income)

Real GDP growth (% change): 0.6% (2014 Actual) (also known as GDP Growth)

Inflation Rate (CPI, % change Dec/Dec): 11.4% (2014 Actual)

Gen. Gov. Financial Balance/GDP: -1.2% (2014 Actual) (also known as Fiscal Balance)

Current Account Balance/GDP: 3.1% (2014 Actual) (also known as External Balance)

External debt/GDP: 32.2% (2014 Actual)

Level of economic development: Moderate level of economic resilience

Default history: At least one default event (on bonds and/or loans) has been recorded since 1983.

On 02 December 2015, a rating committee was called to discuss the ratings of the Russian sub-sovereign entities. The main points raised during the discussion were: The systemic risk in which the issuers operate has decreased affecting some entities.

The principal methodology used in rating Russia RLGs was Regional and Local Governments published in January 2013. The principal methodology used in rating Russia GRIs was Government-Related Issuers published in October 2014. Please see the Credit Policy page on www.moodys.com for a copy of these methodologies.

The weighting of all rating factors is described in the methodology used in this rating action, if applicable.

REGULATORY DISCLOSURES

For ratings issued on a program, series or category/class of debt, this announcement provides certain regulatory disclosures in relation to each rating of a subsequently issued bond or note of the same series or category/class of debt or pursuant to a program for which the ratings are derived exclusively from existing ratings in accordance with Moody's rating practices. For ratings issued on a support provider, this announcement provides certain regulatory disclosures in relation to the rating action on the support provider and in relation to each particular rating action for securities that derive their credit ratings from the support provider's credit rating. For provisional ratings, this announcement provides certain regulatory disclosures in relation to the provisional rating assigned, and in relation to a definitive rating that may be assigned subsequent to the final issuance of the debt, in each case where the transaction structure and terms have not changed prior to the assignment of the definitive rating in a manner that would have affected the rating. For further information please see the ratings tab on the issuer/entity page for the respective issuer on www.moodys.com.

For any affected securities or rated entities receiving direct credit support from the primary entity(ies) of this rating action, and whose ratings may change as a result of this 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.

Vladlen Kuznetsov
Vice President - Senior Analyst
Sub-Sovereign Group
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Moody's changes outlook to stable on 9 Russian sub-sovereigns; ratings affirmed
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