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Fitch lowers rating outlook of SBI, ICICI, PNB among others

Fitch lowers rating outlook of SBI, ICICI, PNB among others

New Delhi: Global agency Fitch today cut credit rating outlook to negative from stable of 11 financial entities including SBI, ICICI Bank, PNB and Axis Bank. The action follows the revision earlier this week of India's outlook to negative.

"The outlook revision of the financial institutions reflects their close linkages with the sovereign by virtue of their high exposure to domestic counterparties and holdings of domestic sovereign debt," Fitch said in a statement.

The list of downgraded entities includes six government banks (including an international banking subsidiary of a government bank), two private banks. These include Bank of Baroda, Bank of Baroda (New Zealand) Ltd (BOBNZ), Canara Bank, and IDBI Bank. Besides two wholly owned government institutions - Export-Import Bank of India and Housing and Urban Development Corporation Ltd have also been similarly downgraded.

Besides, the outlook of IDFC Ltd and Indian Railway Finance Corporation Ltd outlook has also become negative. However, Fitch said the banks continue to have reasonable customer deposit base, domestic franchises and adequate capital. The non-banking financial entities, meanwhile, lack the funding advantage, which puts them more at risk during times of increased market volatility, it said.


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