Fitch changes outlook for El Salvador to negative

Fitch Ratings has revised the Rating Outlook on El Salvador's long-term foreign and local currency Issuer Default Ratings (IDRs) to Negative from Stable.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008


The ratings are as follows:
Long-term foreign currency IDR at 'BB+'; Long-term local currency IDR at 'BB+'; Short-term foreign currency at 'B'; Country ceiling at 'BBB-'.

The Outlook revision to Negative reflects increasing downside risks stemming from growing fiscal and economic pressures against a backdrop of tighter external and domestic liquidity. 'The risks to fiscal and financing flexibility have been exacerbated by ongoing political uncertainty in the run-up to general elections in early 2009,' said Casey Reckman, Associate Director in Fitch's Sovereign Group. However, a stable monetary and economic environment, a good track record on structural reforms, and stronger governance indicators than rating peers support the 'BB+' ratings.

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