Fitch Affirms Belgazprombank’s Ratings

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Fitch Ratings has affirmed Belgazprombank's ratings at the highest level possible for Belarusian issuers at present capped by the country ceiling - Long-Term Issuer Default Rating (IDR) at “B”, Negative Outlook.

Fitch Affirms Belgazprombank’s Ratings

In the Fitch’s report key rating drivers consider the recovery of operational control over Belgazprombank by its main Russian owners, PJSC Gazprom (BBB/Stable) and Bank GBP (JSC) (BBB-/Stable), each holding a 49.82% stake, reducing uncertainty over the ownership and the owners’ stance on financial support of the bank.

It is also noted that the deposit outflows have diminished and Belgazprombank has been able to preserve a sufficient supply of liquid assets. The bank’s asset-quality metrics have historically been more resilient than domestic peers’.

As a result of deleveraging and profitable activity Belgazprombank has managed an adequate reserve of regulatory capital as at the end of the year: the total CAR was a reasonable 17.9% against the regulatory minimum of 12%.

Currently Belgazprombank is assigned the following ratings of Fitch Ratings:

  • Long-term IDR: at “B”, Outlook Negative;
  • Short-term IDR: at “B”;
  • Support Rating: at “4”;
  • Viability Rating: at “b”.

The full rating report is published at the official site of Fitch Ratings.

The major shareholders of Belgazprombank, PJSC Gazprom and Bank GPB (JSC), extended the subordinated loan provided in equal shares in the total amount of RUB 4.96 bn.

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On May 25, 2021 Fitch Ratings affirmed Belgazprombank's Long-Term Issuer Default Rating (IDR) at “B” with Negative Outlook, which is the highest rating possible for Belarusian issuers capped by the country ceiling.

The Annual General Shareholders Meeting of Belgazprombank was held on 30 March 2020 in Minsk using a video conference system.

Bank GPB (JSC) issued a press release following the visit of Gulnara Khaidarshina, Deputy Head of Research Department, to the Republic of Belarus. The release confirms a positive view on economic recovery of Belarus:

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Based on performance in January-February 2021, Belgazprombank gained profit of BYN 17.4 mln, which is 4.6 times higher than for the same period of 2020.

Belgazprombank and Bank GPB (JSC) signed the agreement on providing EUR 60 million long-term loan facility in favor of Belgazprombank. The attracted funds will be used to finance the development of small and medium-sized enterprises in the Republic of Belarus.

Since 21 January 2021 Belgazprombank has resumed financing small and medium-sized enterprises in the framework of the Program of financial support to small and medium-sized enterprises implemented by the Development Bank of the Republic of Belarus (hereinafter – the Program).

By the decision of the Board of Directors of Belgazprombank of 15 January 2021 Nadzeya Yermakova was appointed as the Chairman of the Management Board of Belgazprombank starting from 18 January 2021.

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