Moscow, August 26, 2010 -- Moody's Investors Service has today upgraded the local and foreign currency deposit ratings of Sviaz-Bank to B1 from B2. Its Bank Financial Strength Rating (BFRS) of E+ was affirmed but now maps to a Baseline Credit Assessment (BCA) of B2, up from the previously assigned B3. The deposit ratings carry a positive outlook while the outlook for the BFSR is stable. Concurrently, Moody's Interfax Rating Agency upgraded the bank's long-term National Scale Rating (NSR) to A1.ru from Baa1.ru. National scale ratings carry no specific outlook.
Sviaz-Bank was established in 1991, and today it is an all-purpose lending and financial institution maintaining its presence in 51 members of the Russian Federation. The Bank’s regional network comprises its Head Office in Moscow, 51 branches, and 97 backup offices and mini-branches. State Corporation «Bank for Development and Foreign Economic Affairs (Vnesheconombank)», which is a state-controlled corporation, is Sviaz-Bank’s majority owner holding 99.47% of the Bank’s shares of stock. Sviaz-Bank’s key business areas are providing banking services to corporate entities and individuals, managing debt financing, and conducting international business such as trading in international financial markets, commercial and structural funding, and borrowing from international lenders. The Bank cooperates successfully with big, medium-size, and small business entities operating in all segments of the Russian economy. It gains great effect from its cooperation with post and communications organizations, including the Post of Russia Federal State Unitary Enterprise and the power industry, and also gives much attention to expanding banking services to individuals. The Bank considers lending to the real sector of the country’s economy, including small and medium-size businesses, to be among its priorities. Making banking services to the public a significant component of its development policy, Sviaz-Bank commits itself to high goals of winning significant positions in the market by vigorously developing retail banking, in particular, accepting funds in deposits, issuing mortgages and consumer credit facilities, and extending accessible banking services to large segments of the public. Sviaz-Bank is active in the capital market and trades on the Moscow Interbank Currency Exchange, or MICEX CJSC, the MICEX Stock Exchange, CJSC, the Russian Trading System Stock Exchange, OJSC, and the St. Petersburg Currency Exchange, CJSC. The Bank cooperates productively with major Russian and Western investment banks. The Bank’s network of correspondent banks has over 50 foreign and Russian financial institutions, including The Bank of New York (New York), VTB Bank (Deutschland) AG (Frankfurt), National Bank of Canada (Montreal), Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (Tokyo), Credit Suisse (Zurich), DnB NOR Bank ASA (Oslo), Swedbank AB (publ) (Stockholm), Sberbank of Russia (Moscow), Vnesheconombank (Moscow), VTB Bank (Moscow) etc. The Moody’s Investors Service Rating Agency confirmed Sviaz-Bank’s financial stability rating at E+, and raised its long-term rating of deposits in national and foreign currencies to B1 from its previous B2 rating. The Agency assesses “positively” its forecast for the Bank’s long-term rating of deposits in national and foreign currencies. The Moody’s Interfax Rating Agency also raised the Bank’s rating of deposits on the national scale by as much as three points to А1.ru from its previous Baa1.ru. The Agency reports that Sviaz-Bank’s ratings could be raised owing to the Bank’s positive financial performance in the first six months of 2010 and its high capital adequacy levels with financial support from Vnesheconombank, its shareholder. According to Interfax-CEA data for January 1, 2010, Sviaz-Bank was 23d among Russia’s 100 biggest banks for key financial performance figures. The Central Bank of the Russian Federation reports that Sviaz-Bank was among Russia’s 30 biggest banks. Sviaz-Bank’s Series 01 bonds (official registration number of the issue 40101470B of April 2, 2007) have been put on the Mortgage List of the Bank of Russia. Sviaz-Bank holds License No.1470 from the Bank of Russia and Certificate No.738 that puts the Bank on the list of member banks of the mandatory deposit insurance system./04,2011 The bank's network comprises 49 regional branches to enable successful cooperation with clients which also have extensive business networks. The bank is always working to expand its presence in the regions of Russia. The major shareholder of Sviaz-Bank is State Corporation «Bank for Development and Foreign Economic Affairs (Vnesheconombank)». Sviaz-Bank has traditionally been linked to the sector of telecommunications, as it was set up on the initiative of the Ministry for Communications of the USSR. At present the bank is developing as a universal interregional credit institution providing services that meet international standards. Sviaz-Bank sees its traditional participation in the telecommunications sector, one of the fastest growing sectors of the economy, as a positive. Sviaz-Bank is working hard on improving its corporate governance principles, it has also changed the means by which it offers corporate customer services - now each corporate client has their own personal manager. Sviaz-Bank has been upgrading its banking technologies and implementing an electronic document workflow management system. Since 2004, the bank has been arranging the issuance, placement, circulation and redemption of bond issues. Sviaz-Bank`s set of banking products for individual clients is being regularly updated. Thanks to its partnership with the Russian Post federal state unitary enterprise clients can access banking services not just at the bank's offices but also at post offices across Russia.
|Moody's Investors Service||Withdrawn/||LT Int. Scale (foreign curr)||11/16/2011|
|Moody's Investors Service||B1/Positive||LT Int. Scale (loc. curr.)||08/26/2010|
|Standard & Poor's||BB/Negative||LT Int. Scale (foreign curr.)||11/26/2013|
|Standard & Poor's||BB/Negative||LT Int. Scale (loc. curr.)||11/26/2013|
|Standard & Poor's||ruAA/||LT National Scale (Russia)||11/26/2013|
|Fitch Ratings||BB/Negative||LT Int. Scale (foreign curr.)||06/09/2014|
|Fitch Ratings||AA-(rus)/Stable||National Scale (Russia)||06/09/2014|
|Fitch Ratings||BB/Negative||LT Int.l Scale (local curr.)||06/09/2014|
|Moody's Interfax Rating Agency||Withdrawn/||National Scale (Russia)||11/17/2011|
|National Rating Agency||AA-/||National scale (Russia)||07/01/2007|