Moody’s has stated that the application of the new rating methodology could potentially lead to downgrades averaging around three notches for the Tier 1 ratings, and one to two notches for the Upper Tier 2 ratings, of securities issued by all Australian and New Zealand banks.
Moody’s has confirmed that there is no impact on ANZ’s and ANZ National Bank Limited’s deposit, senior debt, and Lower Tier-2 subordinated debt ratings.
ANZ’s current offer of Convertible Preference Shares (CPS2) is not rated by Moody’s and is not impacted by the change. Moody’s has reinforced that Australian and New Zealand banks continue to be amongst the highest rated banks globally, reflecting their strong financial fundamentals and the relatively moderate impact of the global financial crisis on their home markets.
Moody’s announcement today follows an earlier announcement on 17 November 2009 that, after a period of industry consultation from June 2009, it has revised its methodology for rating bank hybrid securities and subordinated debt issued by banks globally.
Moody’s Guidelines for Rating Bank Hybrid Securities and Subordinated Debt are available on moodys.com.