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Rating Action:

Moody's takes positive rating actions on four Ukrainian banks

27 Dec 2018

London, 27 December 2018 -- Moody's Investors Service has today taken rating actions on four Ukrainian banks. These follow the recent improvement in the creditworthiness of the Government of Ukraine, reflected in Moody's upgrade of Ukraine's sovereign bond rating to Caa1, with a stable outlook, from Caa2 (positive outlook) on 21 December 2018. (Please see "Moody's upgrades Ukraine's rating to Caa1 from Caa2, outlook changed to stable from positive" https://www.moodys.com/research/Moodys-upgrades-Ukraines-rating-to-Caa1-from-Caa2-outlook-changed--PR_393443). The rating actions were driven by (1) high inter-linkages between the sovereign creditworthiness and standalone credit fundamentals of the three government owned banks, (2) improvement in banks' standalone credit profiles, and (3) Moody's expectations that Ukrainian banks' creditworthiness will gradually improve, driven by improving asset quality and profitability.

Moody's has changed the outlooks to stable from positive on the affected banks' ratings.

Specifically, Moody's has:

(1) Upgraded the Baseline Credit Assessments (BCAs) of four banks (Privatbank, Savings Bank of Ukraine, Ukreximbank and Pivdennyi Bank JSCB);

(2) Upgraded the long-term Local Currency (LC) deposit ratings of four banks (Privatbank, Savings Bank of Ukraine, Ukreximbank and Pivdennyi Bank JSCB);

(3) Upgraded the Foreign Currency (FC) deposit ratings of four banks (Privatbank, Savings Bank of Ukraine, Ukreximbank and Pivdennyi Bank JSCB);

(4) Upgraded the long-term LC senior unsecured debt rating of one bank (Savings Bank of Ukraine);

(5) Upgraded the long-term FC senior unsecured debt ratings of two banks (Savings Bank of Ukraine and Ukreximbank);

(6) Upgraded the FC subordinated debt ratings of one bank (Ukreximbank);

(7) Upgraded the National Scale Ratings (NSRs) of two banks (Savings Bank of Ukraine and Pivdennyi Bank JSCB);

(8) Upgraded the long-term Counterparty Risk Assessments (CR Assessments) of four banks (Privatbank, Savings Bank of Ukraine, Ukreximbank and Pivdennyi Bank JSCB);

(9) Upgraded the long-term Counterparty Risk Ratings (CRR) of four banks (Privatbank, Savings Bank of Ukraine, Ukreximbank and Pivdennyi Bank JSCB).

Moody's has changed the outlooks to stable from positive on the affected banks' ratings.

RATINGS RATIONALE

OPERATING ENVIRONMENT

The macro profile for Ukrainian banks remains "Very Weak" as economic conditions and operating environment in Ukraine remain generally stable. Moody's expects annual GDP growth averaging 3% in 2019-2020 and believes that a combination of better economic conditions and more stable local currency will help to stimulate credit demand and improve the repayment capacity of existing borrowers, supporting banks' profitability. In addition, lower geopolitical risk have enhanced the stability of bank deposits reducing pressure on liquidity.

--- BANK-SPECIFIC FACTORS

-- PRIVATBANK

The upgrade of state-owned Privatbank's LC deposit rating to Caa1 with a stable outlook from Caa2 (positive outlook), FC deposit rating to Caa2 with a stable outlook from Caa3 (positive outlook) and the upgrade of the bank's BCA to caa1 from caa3 is driven by the upgrade of the Ukraine's sovereign rating and strengthened standalone financial fundamentals.

The upgrade of the bank's BCA is in turn driven by (1) the high inter-linkage between the bank's standalone credit fundamentals and sovereign creditworthiness, given the bank's high direct exposure to sovereign debt (in total, over 60% of total assets or 640% of the bank's equity at Q3 2018); (2) improved asset quality metrics as a result of increased problem loans coverage with reserves to around 90%; (3) material improvement in profitability metrics in 2018, driven by strengthened recurring revenues and reduced credit cost; and (4) the bank's low reliance on market funding and high level of liquid assets (over 50% of total assets at Q3 2018).

-- SAVINGS BANK OF UKRAINE

The upgrade of state-owned Savings Bank of Ukraine's long-term LC deposit and long-term LC and FC senior unsecured debt ratings to Caa1 with a stable outlook from Caa2 (positive outlook), the bank's FC deposit rating to Caa2 with a stable outlook from Caa3 (positive) and the upgrade of the bank's BCA to caa1 from caa2 is driven by the upgrade of the sovereign rating. The changes reflect in turn: (1) the high inter-linkage between the bank's standalone credit fundamentals and sovereign creditworthiness, given the bank's high direct exposure to sovereign debt, bonds guaranteed by the state, and state-owned companies including Naftogaz (in total, 64% of the bank's total assets or 893% of the bank's equity at Q3 2018); (2) improved coverage of problem loans; and (3) high level of liquid assets (over 50% of total assets at Q3 2018).

-- UKREXIMBANK

The upgrade of state-owned Ukreximbank's long-term LC deposit and FC senior unsecured debt ratings to Caa1 with a stable outlook from Caa2 (positive outlook), the bank's FC deposit rating to Caa2 with a stable outlook from Caa3 (positive outlook), FC subordinated debt rating to Caa2 from Caa3 and the bank's BCA to caa1 from caa2 is driven by the upgrade of the sovereign rating. The upgrade of the bank's BCA reflects: (1) the high inter-linkage between the bank's standalone credit fundamentals and sovereign creditworthiness, given the bank's high direct exposure to sovereign debt and bonds guaranteed by the state (over 62% of the bank's assets or 1200% of the bank's equity as at Q3 2018); (2) improved coverage of problem loans, (3) strengthened recurring profitability in 2018; and (4) high level of liquid assets (over 50% of total assets at Q3 2018).

-- PIVDENNYI BANK, JSCB

The upgrade of Pivdennyi Bank, JSCB's (Pivdennyi) long-term LC deposit rating to Caa1 with a stable outlook from Caa2 (positive outlook), FC deposit rating to Caa2 with a stable outlook from Caa3 (positive outlook) and the bank's BCA to caa1 from caa2 follows the sovereign rating action on Ukraine, which lifts the previous rating constraints and reflects the bank's (1) asset quality improvement driven by repayments, write-offs and new lending; (2) track record of profitable performance in recent years and strengthened recurring profitability in 2018; and (3) limited reliance on market funding and ample liquidity cushion (around 30% of total assets at Q3 2018).

STABLE OUTLOOK

The stable outlooks on the long-term ratings of these four Ukrainian bank ratings reflect the stable outlook on the sovereign rating and Moody's expectations for a steady performance of these banks over the next 12-18 months.

FOREIGN CURRENCY DEPOSIT RATINGS

Moody's has upgraded FC deposit ratings with a stable outlook of four banks to Caa2 following the change in the country's FC deposit ceiling to Caa2 from Caa3. The FC deposit ratings of the banks continue to be constrained by the country's FC bank deposit ceiling.

WHAT COULD MOVE THE RATINGS UP/DOWN

Moody's considers that banks' ratings could be upgraded following further improvement of the country's macro-economic environment, combined with an improvement in banks' standalone credit profiles and/or positive rating action(s) on the sovereign ratings/ceilings.

Conversely, negative pressure on the banks' ratings could result from (1) increased volatility in the operating environment, leading to growing pressure on the banks' standalone credit profiles, increasing insolvency risk and/or (2) negative rating action(s) on the sovereign ratings.

THE SPECIFIC RATING ACTIONS IMPLEMENTED TODAY ARE AS FOLLOWS:

..Issuer: Ukreximbank

Upgrades:

.... Adjusted Baseline Credit Assessment, Upgraded to caa1 from caa2

.... Baseline Credit Assessment, Upgraded to caa1 from caa2

.... Counterparty Risk Assessment, Upgraded to B3(cr) from Caa1(cr)

.... Counterparty Risk Rating, Upgraded to B3 from Caa1

.... Subordinate Regular Bond/Debenture, Upgraded to Caa2 from Caa3

.... Senior Unsecured Regular Bond/Debenture, Upgraded to Caa1 from Caa2, Changed To Stable From Positive

.... Deposit Rating (Foreign Currency), Upgraded to Caa2 from Caa3, Changed To Stable From Positive

.... Deposit Rating (Local Currency), Upgraded to Caa1 from Caa2, Changed To Stable From Positive

Outlook Actions:

....Outlook, Changed To Stable From Positive

..Issuer: Privatbank

Upgrades:

.... Adjusted Baseline Credit Assessment, Upgraded to caa1 from caa3

.... Baseline Credit Assessment, Upgraded to caa1 from caa3

.... Counterparty Risk Assessment, Upgraded to B3(cr) from Caa1(cr)

.... Counterparty Risk Rating, Upgraded to B3 from Caa1

.... Deposit Rating (Foreign Currency), Upgraded to Caa2 from Caa3, Changed To Stable From Positive

.... Deposit Rating (Local Currency), Upgraded to Caa1 from Caa2, Changed To Stable From Positive

Outlook Actions:

....Outlook, Changed To Stable From Positive

..Issuer: Savings Bank of Ukraine

Upgrades:

.... Adjusted Baseline Credit Assessment, Upgraded to caa1 from caa2

.... Baseline Credit Assessment, Upgraded to caa1 from caa2

.... Counterparty Risk Assessment, Upgraded to B3(cr) from Caa1(cr)

.... Counterparty Risk Rating, Upgraded to B3 from Caa1

.... NSR Counterparty Risk Rating, Upgraded to Baa1.ua from Baa3.ua

.... Senior Unsecured Regular Bond/Debenture, Upgraded to Caa1 from Caa2, Changed To Stable From Positive

.... NSR Senior Unsecured Regular Bond/Debenture , Upgraded to Ba1.ua from B1.ua

.... Deposit Rating (Foreign Currency), Upgraded to Caa2 from Caa3, Changed To Stable From Positive

.... Deposit Rating (Local Currency), Upgraded to Caa1 from Caa2, Changed To Stable From Positive

.... NSR Deposit Rating, Upgraded to Ba1.ua from B1.ua

Outlook Actions:

....Outlook, Changed To Stable From Positive

..Issuer: Pivdennyi Bank, JSCB

Upgrades:

.... Adjusted Baseline Credit Assessment, Upgraded to caa1 from caa2

.... Baseline Credit Assessment, Upgraded to caa1 from caa2

.... Counterparty Risk Assessment, Upgraded to B3(cr) from Caa1(cr)

.... Counterparty Risk Rating, Upgraded to B3 from Caa1

.... NSR Counterparty Risk Rating, Upgraded to Baa1.ua from Baa3.ua

.... Deposit Rating (Foreign Currency), Upgraded to Caa2 from Caa3, Changed To Stable From Positive

.... Deposit Rating (Local Currency), Upgraded to Caa1 from Caa2, Changed To Stable From Positive

.... NSR Deposit Rating, Upgraded to Ba2.ua from B1.ua

Outlook Actions:

....Outlook, Changed To Stable From Positive

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.

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 https://www.moodys.com/researchdocumentcontentpage.aspx?docid=PBC_1113601.

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