Hot on the heels of the decision by Standard & Poor’s to slash Jamaica’s sovereign rating comes this announcement from the rating agency:
S&P: National Commercial Bank Jamaica Counterparty Credit Rating Lowered To ‘CCC’; Survivability Assessment Lowered To ‘B’
* On Nov. 2, 2009, we lowered the long-term sovereign rating on Jamaica to ‘CCC’ from ‘CCC+’.
* We are lowering our ratings on NCB, including the long-term counterparty credit rating, to ‘CCC’ from ‘CCC+’. We are also lowering our survivability assessment on NCB to ‘B’ from ‘B+’.
* The outlook on NCB remains negative, mirroring that on Jamaica, as a result of the bank’s concentration in government debt securities and loans to public entities in the country.
MEXICO CITY Nov. 4, 2009–Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services said today that it lowered its ratings on National Commercial Bank Jamaica Ltd. (NCB), including the long-term counterparty credit rating, to ‘CCC’ from ‘CCC+’. At the same time, we lowered