Two rating upgrades for Bulgaria

Bulgaria
UniCredit Bulbank AD
Tue, 02/01/2018

The international rating agencies S&P Global Ratings and Fitch Ratings upgraded Bulgaria's sovereign rating.

                                                                                              

At the beginning of December 2017, S&P Global Ratings and Fitch Ratings both raised Bulgaria’s credit ratings by one notch.

S&P Global Ratings raised its long-term and short-term foreign and local currency sovereign credit ratings on Bulgaria to 'BBB-/A-3' from 'BB+/B' with stable outlook. The main drivers for the rating change according to S&P were:

- expansion of exports;

- less leveraged economy;

- prudent public financial management;

- rise in domestic savings;

- significant reduction of material risk and abrupt shifts in external financing flows, particularly in foreign direct investment.

 

Fitch Ratings upgraded Bulgaria's long-term foreign and local currency Issuer Default Ratings (IDRs) to 'BBB' from 'BBB-' with stable outlook. This, according to Fitch, was based on the following key drivers:

- prolonged decline in external debt ratios;

- current account surpluses;

- growth in exports supported by export competitiveness and diversifying export base;

- continued strengthening of sovereign external buffer.

 

Kristina Spasova
Relationship Manager
GSS Bulgaria