Ratings agency S&P Global has affirmed its ‘AAA/A-1+’ long- and short-term issuer credit assessment of the African Development Bank with stable outlook.
The rating agency positively assessed the bank’s strong financial risk profile, capital adequacy, funding and liquidity, “extraordinary” shareholder support and adequacy of its governance and management.
“We are, therefore, affirming our ‘AAA’ long-term issuer credit rating on the AfDB,” S&P Global stated.
The rating agency noted the AfDB’s $115bn capital increase, approved by shareholders in October 2019, and the replenishment to the African Development Fund, the bank’s concessional window, in December 2019.
“The stable outlook reflects our expectation that, over the next two years, AfDB will prudently manage its capital while maintaining solid levels of high-quality liquidity assets and robust funding,” S&P Global said in a statement.
S&P expects that “shareholders will remain supportive by providing timely capital payments”; the bank “will continue benefiting from preferred creditor treatment (PCT); and “prudently manage growth in private-sector lending in a way that’s aligned with its mandate.”
The rating agency’s report further said, “AfDB will play a key role supporting the region, particularly in the context of COVID-19. The institution approved an up to $10 billion relief package for 2020, of which $6.9 billion will be financed by AfDB and the remainder through its concessional lending window.”
Regarding the latest ratinh, the President of the AfDB, Akinwumi Adesina, said: “We are delighted with and welcome S&P Global’s decision to affirm the Bank’s AAA/A-1+ rating. It reflects the Bank’s very strong financial position and risk management, as well as our sound governance. We will continue to maintain these standards, with the strong support of all our shareholders, as we deliver much needed financial, knowledge and policy support to our regional member countries during and after this period of the COVID-19 pandemic.”