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Fitch Places GREs on Rating Watch on Exposure Draft
November 29, 2017 / 4:56 PM / 14 days ago

Fitch Places GREs on Rating Watch on Exposure Draft

(The following statement was released by the rating agency) PARIS/BARCELONA, November 29 (Fitch) Fitch Ratings has placed four government-related entities (GREs) on Rating Watch Negative (RWN) or Rating Watch Positive (RWP). The respective bond issues and programmes have also been placed on RWN or RWP. A full list of rating actions is at the end of this Rating Action Commentary. Fitch is still reviewing the China portfolio to assess the impact of the GRE criteria. We expect to complete the review in the next couple of weeks. KEY RATING DRIVERS The rating action reflects the publication of the Exposure Draft: Government Related Entities Criteria (see "Fitch Publishes Exposure Draft on Government Related Entities Criteria", dated 27 November 2017). RATING SENSITIVITIES Fitch expects to resolve the RWs within the next six months upon the conclusion of the Exposure Draft period. FULL LIST OF RATING ACTIONS The full list of rating actions is as follows: Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company (BMHC) Long-Term Foreign-Currency Issuer Default Rating (IDR) 'BB+' placed on RWN Short-Term IDR affirmed at 'B' Senior unsecured 'BB+' long-term rating placed on RWN Mumtalakat Sukuk Holding Company Senior unsecured long-term rating 'BB+' of the USD600 million 4% guaranteed notes 25 November 2021 placed on RWN Hospital Centre of Roubaix (CH Roubaix) Long-Term Foreign-Currency IDR 'A' placed on RWP Long-Term Local-Currency IDR 'A' placed on RWP Short-Term IDR affirmed at 'F1' Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (NHNHSFT) Long-Term Foreign-Currency IDR 'A' placed on RWP Long-Term Local-Currency IDR 'A' placed on RWP Stichting Waarborgfonds Eigen Woningen (WEW) Long-Term Foreign-Currency IDR 'AAA' placed on RWN Long-Term Local-Currency IDR 'AAA' placed on RWN Contact: Primary Analysts Christophe Parisot (BMHC; MSHC) Managing Director +33 1 44 29 91 34 Fitch Ratings France S.A. 60 Rue de Monceau 75008 Paris Arnaud Dura (CH Roubaix) Director +33 1 44 29 91 79 Fitch France S.A.S. 60, rue de Monceau 75008 Paris Ines Callahan (NHNHSFT; WEW) Director +34 93 467 87 45 Fitch Ratings Espana S.A.U. Av. Diagonal 601, Barcelona 08028 Secondary Analysts Fernando Mayorga (BMHC; MSHC) Managing Director +34 93 323 84 07 Pierre Charpentier (CH Roubaix) Analyst +33 1 44 29 91 45 Guilhem Costes (NHNHSFT) Senior Director +34 93 323 84 10 Patricio Novales (WEW) Associate Director +34 93 232 84 17 Committee Chairperson Vladimir Redkin Senior Director +7 495 956 2405 Media Relations: Peter Fitzpatrick, London, Tel: +44 20 3530 1103, Email: peter.fitzpatrick@fitchratings.com. Additional information is available on www.fitchratings.com Applicable Criteria Exposure Draft: Government-Related Entities Rating Criteria (pub. 27 Nov 2017) here International Local and Regional Governments Rating Criteria - Outside the United States (pub. 18 Apr 2016) here Rating Criteria for Public Sector Revenue-Supported Debt (pub. 05 Jun 2017) here Rating of Public-Sector Entities – Outside the United States (pub. 22 Feb 2016) here Sukuk Rating Criteria (pub. 14 Aug 2017) here Additional Disclosures Dodd-Frank Rating Information Disclosure Form here Solicitation Status here#solicitation Endorsement Policy here ALL FITCH CREDIT RATINGS ARE SUBJECT TO CERTAIN LIMITATIONS AND DISCLAIMERS. PLEASE READ THESE LIMITATIONS AND DISCLAIMERS BY FOLLOWING THIS LINK: here. IN ADDITION, RATING DEFINITIONS AND THE TERMS OF USE OF SUCH RATINGS ARE AVAILABLE ON THE AGENCY'S PUBLIC WEB SITE AT WWW.FITCHRATINGS.COM. 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