Fitch Ratings has upgraded from negative to stable the outlook on the issuance of $650 million made in 2013, after another $575 million was successfully issued a few days ago.
In its statement, the rating agency noted that sanctions imposed by the Office for Assets Control of the United States Department of the Treasury on companies that are part of Grupo Waked Internacional (Wisa), for allegedly operating a money laundering scheme, will not have a material impact on the Tocumen's credit rating.
On May 4 Tocumen International Airport SA completed a primary bond issue worth $625 million at an interest rate of 5.375%, with the Notes maturing in May 2036.
An article on Capital.com.pa reports that "...Fitch Ratings, in a statement issued on April 22 2016 stated that it is 'hoping to qualify the issuance of guaranteed debt by Tocumen International Airport (Aitsa) in 2016 for $625 million with maturation in 2036 at BBB (exp) and AAA (pan) with a stable outlook '. At the same time Fitch affirmed the ratings maturing in 2023 at BBB, AAA (pan) and AAA (slv) and maintained the negative outlook for all three ratings on the 2013 issue."
According to Fitch Ratings, pension insurance has become a problem in terms of technical profitability for the companies that sell them.
From a statement issued by Fitch Ratings:
Fitch Ratings - San Salvador - (April 28, 2016):
Pension insurance has become a challenge in terms of technical profitability for sellers, says Fitch Ratings. One of the benefits of the current pension system is protection against disability and pension insurance, contracted by the Pension Fund Administrators (AFP) for its members. This coverage is provided by insurers and covers the insured against accidents or diseases that would make it impossible for them to work. In addition it also covers beneficiaries when the insured person dies, providing the required additional capital to finance pensions.
Fitch, Moody's and Standard & Poor's are once again warning of the need to generate more revenue and cut public spending in order to avoid "negative consequences for ratings."
On average agencies provide a period of 12-18 months for the fiscal deficit and public debt to stabilize, while clarifying that "... the presentation of tax reforms is not enough to ensure a good perspective for the country. " The ratings by the agencies are a guide especially for those making foreign direct investments.
Fitch Ratings has revised from "stable" to "negative" its perspective for international long-term ratings of the private bank BAC San José and the state banks Banco Nacional, Banco Popular, Banco Internacional and Banco de Costa Rica.
From a statement issued by Fitch Ratings:
Fitch Ratings has revised the Outlook for international long-term ratings of four Costa Rican banks and a Panamanian subsidiary from Stable to Negative, after having revised the Perspective for Costa Rica's sovereign rating from stable to negative :
Slow growth is projected in El Salvador, very good performance in Nicaragua, stability in Panama, more competition in Guatemala and moderate growth in Costa Rica.
From a report by Fitch Ratings entitled "2015 Perspectives: Central American Banks":
Fitch Ratings has revised the outlook for the sector from positive to stable, because the agency does not anticipate substantial improvements in respect to the previous year. The system's profitability will remain low, with less than 1.0% ROAA. The results are limited because of the high dependence on net interest margin (NIM) and additional expenses in provisions for loan losses, due to regulatory changes that established gradual constitutions of general provisions for the best qualified loans. In addition, Fitch does not anticipate improvements in revenue diversification and also foresees a significant revenue exchange rate differential. This last factor has a significant influence on the results of the banks in Costa Rica.
The risk premium demanded by investors for the Costa Rican international bond due in 2023 rose from 2.10% to 2.56% between June and September 2014.
Investors could be moving towards a degradation of the sovereign rating of the country, a possibility already suggested by Fitch rating agency.
An article on Nacion.com reports that "... Since last June, the extra rate of return that foreign savers demand for Costa Rican Government's securities in respect to United States Treasuries (so-called risk premium or margin) has gone. "
Fitch has also downgraded the issue ratings on Guatemala's senior unsecured foreign and local currency bonds to 'BB' from 'BB+', with outlook revised to Stable.
From the press release by Fitch Ratings:
Fitch Ratings has downgraded Guatemala's long-term foreign and local currency Issuer Default Ratings (IDRs) to 'BB' from 'BB+'. Fitch has also downgraded the issue ratings on Guatemala's senior unsecured foreign and local currency bonds to 'BB' from 'BB+'. The Rating Outlooks on the long-term IDRs have been revised to Stable from Negative. In addition, Fitch has downgraded Guatemala's Country Ceiling to 'BB+' from 'BBB-' and affirmed the short-term foreign currency IDR at 'B'.
With a AAA risk rating (cri) designated by Fitch Costa Rica, the issuance of debt securities will be placed for a period of 10 years and a gross rate referenced to the passive base rate + 215 basis points.