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04 May 2010
Downgrade follows Special Comment "Assessing Post-Crisis Support for German Banks"
Frankfurt, May 04, 2010 -- Moody's Investors Service has today downgraded the senior unsecured debt
and deposit ratings of HSH Nordbank AG to A3 from A2 and its subordinated
debt ratings to Baa1 from A3 following Moody's revisions of the
support assumptions that are factored into these ratings. Concurrently,
the bank's Prime-1 short-term rating was confirmed.
Today's rating action concludes the review for possible downgrade
that Moody's initiated for these ratings on 21 December 2009.
Furthermore, Moody's affirmed the bank's E+ bank
financial strength rating (BFSR, which maps directly to a B1 baseline
credit assessment, BCA) and its developing outlook. HSH Nordbank's
hybrid ratings and the Aa1 rating for obligations that qualify for the
grandfathering of "Gewaehrtraegerhaftung" (a guarantee obligation) remained
unaffected by today's rating action.
DOWNGRADE OF HSH'S LONG-TERM RATINGS DUE TO WEAKENING SUPPORT
FROM PUBLIC SECTOR SHAREHOLDERS
"Today's rating action follows a review of the probability
of future support for HSH Nordbank from the federal state of Schleswig-Holstein
and the city state of Hamburg, which together hold 85.5%
of the bank's equity," says Katharina Barten,
a Vice President at Moody's in Frankfurt and lead analyst for HSH
Nordbank. "The extent of past support measures represent
such a burden to the two states' own financial strength that they
will be less inclined to offer further support to the bank, should
this become necessary", Ms. Barten adds. "Nonetheless,
Moody's assumptions of future support from the main owners of HSH
Nordbank remain factored into the bank's ratings , albeit
at a lower level in recognition of the two states' continued responsibility
for, and commercially-driven interest in, the bank's
The rating agency emphasises the importance of the bank's role as
a lender to Germany's northern region as well as to the global shipping
industry. Moreover, Moody's notes that external pressures
on the two states to further support HSH also remain high, even
though this would inevitably came at a high political price -- along
with further increase in leverage -- for the regional / local governments
(RLGs). An important aspect in assessing the states' further
availability to offer support measures, according to the rating
agency, is the large amount of grandfathered debt (approximately
EUR50 billion) that currently remains on HSH's balance sheet and
represents a contingent liability of the bank's owners.
At the same time, Moody's factored into HSH Nordbank's
fully supported ratings a slightly lower probability of cooperative support
and a higher probability of support from the German government (i.e.
systemic support) which, in the rating agency's view,
better reflects the most important future sources and availability of
external assistance for the bank. "The adjustments to Moody's
support assumptions reflect that the regional savings banks of Schleswig
Holstein did not contribute to the recent support measures for HSH,
but also the government's availability -- as shown in the case
of WestLB -- to support systemically important Landesbanks once other
sources have been exhausted," Ms. Barten explains.
"This offsetting effect has resulted in the relatively mild downgrade
of just one notch to A3 for HSH's senior unsecured debt ratings."
Although the rating uplift from its B1 BCA was lowered from eight to seven
notches, this nevertheless still implies Moody's expectation
of very high support going forward.
Moody's decision should be viewed in the context of its recent analysis
of changing support in Germany, as outlined in the Special Comment
"Assessing Post-Crisis Support for German Banks".
In this report Moody's points out that weakening support from public
sector owners -- among other factors -- exerts pressure on several
supported Landesbank ratings, while uncertainties for junior classes
of debt are rising across the banking landscape. While the latter
have not yet been factored into any German bank ratings -- whose
subordinated debt ratings generally remain one notch below senior unsecured
debt -- today's rating action reflects Moody's concern
about gradually weakening support for banks that needed large-scale
support during the crisis and have not yet demonstrated a sufficient financial
recovery and stabilisation that would allow for a (material) upgrade in
NEGATIVE OUTLOOK ON THE A3 RATINGS REFLECTS RISK OF FURTHER WEAKENING
SUPPORT OVER LONG TERM
Moody's believes that, in a post-crisis situation with more
normal market conditions and a potentially better-capitalised banking
system, individual banks in distress may be less likely to receive
support than in the past. This could ultimately generate downward
rating pressure, unless banks are able to offset this anticipated
reduction in (systemic) support by strengthening their levels of stand-alone
financial strength which would exert upward pressure on their BFSRs.
In the case of HSH Nordbank, this likely trend could be exacerbated
by the European Commission's as yet outstanding approval for state
aid, which Moody's expects will include a requirement for
a change in the bank's shareholder background. Although the
rating agency expects this to be required only over the medium term,
this could nevertheless lead to a public listing of the bank or a takeover
by private investors. This would in turn almost certainly jeopardise
the bank's membership in Germany's group of public sector
banks -- and thus also HSH's continued benefit from cooperative
support that is still factored into Moody's ratings. Given
the bank's loss-making situation and the persistently challenging
environment in the shipping and commercial real estate markets,
upward pressure on the BFSR -- which could potentially mitigate further
rating pressure from weakening support -- appears very limited for
the foreseeable future.
E+ BFSR CONSTRAINED BY SECTOR CONCENTRATION, WEAK CAPITAL LEVELS
AND CONTINUED NEED OF SUPPORT
Moody's affirmation of the BFSR at the weak E+/developing level reflects
the following short- and long-term challenges to HSH's
(i) The persistent and significant risk faced by the global shipping industry,
to which HSH has an exposure worth approximately EUR35 billion.
Specifically, HSH faces the threat that one or several major bankruptcies
among shipping companies or ship financiers could yet rock the sector,
which may occur if these were followed by fire-sales of assets
and a renewed slump in asset prices.
(ii) HSH's limited access to capital while running a highly capital-intensive
lending franchise. This implies that the bank will need to shrink
its balance sheet to achieve more adequate capitalisation levels over
the coming years.
(iii) The bank's medium-term dependence on costly support
from its owners, the exact costs of which have not yet been decided
by the European Commission, implying major additional uncertainties
for the bank's future performance.
PRIME 1 SHORT-TERM RATING CONFIRMED ON RECENT STABILISATION COUPLED
WITH LIKELY OUTSIDE SUPPORT
Moody's confirmation of HSH's Prime-1 short-term rating
recognises the mitigating effect of the EUR10 billion risk shield that
has been provided by the bank's owners and has been structured as
a second loss guaranty for the vast majority of the bank's assets
and exposures, along with the recent stabilising trend of the group's
liquidity profile and funding situation. The rating agency notes
positively that the bank has made progress in more effectively mobilising
its resources to obtain secured funding, and that it currently holds
a liquidity cushion that should ensure sufficient time to react to any
renewed stress in the markets. More importantly, Moody's
expects that the bank would receive further liquidity support in the foreseeable
future (i.e. in addition to the EUR17 billion in guarantees
drawn from the Financial Market Stabilisation Fund) if renewed stress
in debt capital markets and/or money markets were to constrain HSH's
access to market funding which continues to strongly underpin the bank's
Prime-1 short-term rating.
SUMMARY OF RATINGS AND RATING ACTIONS:
- Rating for senior unsecured debt and deposits: downgraded
to A3, negative
- Rating for senior subordinated debt: downgraded to Baa1,
- Prime-1 short term rating: confirmed
- E+ BFSR (B1 BCA): affirmed, outlook remains
- Aa1 rating for grandfathered obligations, stable outlook:
The previous rating action on HSH Nordbank was implemented on 21 December
2009, when Moody's placed the bank's A2 senior unsecured debt
and deposit ratings, the A3 subordinated debt ratings and the Prime-1
short-term rating on review for possible downgrade and affirmed
the E+ BFSR with its developing outlook.
The principal methodologies used in rating HSH Nordbank were "Moody's
Bank Financial Strength Ratings: Global Methodology", published
in February 2007, "Incorporation of Joint-Default Analysis
into Moody's Bank Ratings", published in March 2007, and "
Moody's Guidelines for Rating Bank Hybrid Securities and Subordinated
Debt", published in November 2009, which are available on
www.moodys.com in the Rating Methodologies sub-directory
under the Research & Ratings tab. Other methodologies and factors
that may have been considered in the process of rating this issuer can
also be found in the Rating Methodologies sub-directory on Moody's
Headquartered in Hamburg and Kiel in northern Germany, HSH Nordbank
reported total assets of EUR174.5 billion as of the end of December
2009 and reported a pre-tax loss of EUR1.3 billion for the
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Moody's downgrades HSH Nordbank's LT debt ratings to A3, negative
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