Moody's rules out rating downgrade

International credit rating agency Moody's Investors Service will not downgrade Hong Kong's rating even though the Government is expected to see its fiscal reserves eroded by $98.6 billion over the next five years.

Friday, 8 March, 2002, 12:00am

Moody's rating on fixed-line business paves way for bond issue

Pacific Century CyberWorks has received investment-grade ratings from Moody's Investors Service and Standard & Poor's (S&P) on its fixed-line business PCCW-HKT Telephone, paving the way for a bond issuance.

5 Jul 2001 - 12:00am

Ratings boost for Bumiputra

Kuala Lumpur: Bumiputra-Commerce Bank's rating has been raised by Moody's Investors Service, as the lender is in a strong financial position because of support from Malaysian government agencies. Moody's upgraded the financial strength of Malaysia's second-largest bank to E-plus, its second-lowest bank financial-strength rating, from E, the lowest rating.

30 Mar 2000 - 12:00am

SHKP targets US$1.5b

Sun Hung Kai Properties (SHKP) plans to triple the ceiling on its medium-term euro notes to US$1.5 billion from $500 million because of a favourable market response.

The developer said it had raised an equivalent of about US$400 million through Hong Kong-dollar bonds and a floating-rate US-dollar note since it launched a euro-note programme in February.

16 Sep 1999 - 12:00am

S&P in negative mood on AIB deal

United States credit rating agency Standard & Poor's has put Allied Irish Banks on creditwatch with negative implications, after its decision to take a 24.9 per cent option on Singapore's fifth largest bank, Keppel Tat Lee.

5 Jun 1999 - 12:00am

Property firms get Moody's warning

The credit ratings of Hong Kong property firms could come under pressure as a result of changing housing policy objectives and a tough operating environment, Moody's Investors Service has warned in a report.

Moody's said the concerns were raised by new policy objectives to increase home ownership, which could boost flats supply.

2 Apr 1999 - 12:00am

BEA chief decries downgrade

Bank of East Asia (BEA) chairman and chief executive David Li Kwok-po yesterday described as unwarranted the decision by Moody's Investors Service to downgrade ratings for the bank, claiming the move overlooked several key factors. Moody's said on Thursday it was downgrading its ratings for BEA and Wing Hang Bank. It said the move reflected BEA's 'above average' risk profile.

19 Dec 1998 - 12:00am

Funding woes prompt share slide

Wharf (Holdings) slid 5.71 per cent to $11.55 per share yesterday after executive director John Hung revealed it has had difficulty in raising new funds amid tight liquidity in the banking industry and the depressed equity market.

Mr Hung said Wharf's managers had visited 'every conceivable market in recent months to raise money'.

2 Dec 1998 - 12:00am

Moody's eyes improvement at Guangdong Enterprises

Moody's Investors Service yesterday changed the review direction of the ratings of Guangdong Enterprises (Holdings) to uncertain from possible downgrade as it pointed to a probable improvement in the company's operations.

The United States credit rating agency said the company's long-term foreign debt ratings remained on review but it saw a chance for an upgrade.

5 Nov 1998 - 12:00am

Fuji Bank

Fuji Bank's senior debt rating is not on review for further possible downgrade by Moody's Investor Services as stated in Business Post on August 29. It has a debt rating of Baa2.

9 Sep 1998 - 12:00am

Rating the credit ratings agencies

IT was plain bad luck that the announcement of a major international credit rating agency putting the ratings of the Hong Kong Government and 14 top local corporations under review for possible downgrading should have coincided with the unveiling of the SAR's economic rescue package.

28 Jun 1998 - 12:00am

Swire Pacific debt under review

Moody's Investors Service has placed Swire Pacific and its subsidiaries' debts under review for a possible downgrade.

Moody's said the reassessment reflected concerns over Swire's changing business profile from that of a diversified conglomerate to a company more reliant on its property development and investment dealings.

9 Jun 1998 - 12:00am

Moody's may raise ratings for mainland

Ratings agency Moody's Investors Service demonstrated its confidence in the mainland's ongoing reforms yesterday by saying its sovereign foreign-currency rating is on solid ground and can improve depending on the outcome of the 15th Communist Party Congress.

16 Sep 1997 - 12:00am

Credit rating agency has LAF approval

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority said it would recognise the credit ratings of Thomson BankWatch in assessing a debt issue's eligibility to access the Liquidity Adjustment Facility (LAF).

The move would enable the SAR's discount window to accept debts with credit ratings from five agencies, compared with the previous four.

16 Sep 1997 - 12:00am

Prediction cleared up

MOODY'S Investors Services said several Thai banks could face solvency problems but failures were unlikely, clarifying a prediction by an agency official that five banks could collapse.

The weakest Thai banks were likely to require official assistance to stay afloat, Moody's was cited as saying in a report yesterday.

14 Sep 1997 - 12:00am