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Fitch Rates Bank of Ayudhya's Senior Unsecured Bonds 'AAA(tha)'
October 18, 2016 / 4:31 AM / 9 months ago

Fitch Rates Bank of Ayudhya's Senior Unsecured Bonds 'AAA(tha)'

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(The following statement was released by the rating agency) BANGKOK, October 18 (Fitch) Fitch Ratings (Thailand) has today assigned Bank of Ayudhya Public Company Limited's (BAY; AAA(tha)/Stable) upcoming issue of senior unsecured bonds a National Long-Term Rating of 'AAA(tha)'. The bonds will have tenor or tenors of two and/or three years, and the total issue size will be up to THB15bn. The issue proceeds will be used for refinancing and/or general corporate purposes. KEY RATING DRIVERS The bonds are rated at the same level as BAY's National Long-Term Rating, as they represent unsubordinated and unsecured obligations of the bank. BAY's National Long-Term Rating is driven by institutional support from its parent, the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd (BTMU; A/Negative), which holds 76.9% of the Thai bank. Fitch views BAY as a strategically important subsidiary of BTMU, with high levels of management control, marketing linkages and operational integration. RATING SENSITIVITIES The rating on the bonds is sensitive to any changes in BAY's National Rating. The National Rating on BAY is at the top end of the scale, and no upside is possible. A downgrade of the Long-Term Issuer Default Rating of BTMU may lead to negative rating actions on BAY, including on the National Long-Term Rating. BAY's rating could also be negatively impacted if BTMU shows a reduced propensity to support BAY - which may, for example, be indicated by a significant reduction in shareholding or integration. However, Fitch views that this would be unlikely in the medium term. BAY's other ratings are not affected, and are as follows: Long-Term Issuer Default Rating: 'A-'; Outlook Negative Short-Term Issuer Default Rating: 'F2' Viability Rating: 'bbb' Support Rating: '1' National Long-Term Rating: 'AAA(tha)'; Outlook Stable National Short-Term Rating: 'F1+(tha)' National long-term rating on senior unsecured debt: 'AAA(tha)' Rating on Legacy Basel II subordinated debt: 'AA+(tha)' Contact: Primary Analyst Parson Singha Senior Director +66 2108 0151 Fitch Ratings (Thailand) Limited Park Ventures, Level 17 57 Wireless Road, Lumpini Patumwan, Bangkok 10330 Secondary Analyst Jindarat Laotaveerungsawat Associate Director +66 2108 0153 Committee Chairperson Mark Young Managing Director +65 6796 7229 Date of Relevant Rating Committee: 5 November 2015 Media Relations: Leslie Tan, Singapore, Tel: +65 67 96 7234, Email: leslie.tan@fitchratings.com. 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