Moody’s Affirms Bermuda’s A2 Ratings

June 5, 2020

The Minister of Finance Curtis Dickinson today announced that credit rating agency Moody’s Investors Service [Moody’s] has affirmed Bermuda’s A2 issuer and senior unsecured bond ratings. The outlook remains stable.

Minister Dickinson stated, “According to Moody’s, the key drivers for the rating affirmation are the Government’s track-record of fiscal consolidation which will support debt stabilization after this year’s growth shock.

“Also, our debt metrics remaining in line with similarly rated peers, and our low susceptibility to event risks, reflecting Bermuda’s very strong external position and limited exposure to funding pressures were key.

“The stable outlook reflects Moody’s view that even though the global pandemic will have a negative effect on the economy, Bermuda’s very high wealth levels and strong institutions, along with our ability to remain resilient in the face of severe economic stresses in the past, such as the global financial economic crisis, puts us in a good position of support once the coronavirus crisis subsides.”

Minister Dickinson added, “I am pleased that Moody’s, as did S&P back in April, has affirmed Bermuda’s A2 issuer rating and our A2 senior unsecured bond ratings. These ratings actions serve as an independent endorsement of the actions we are taking to mitigate the impact of COVID-19.

“This Government’s focus on fiscal consolidation, working collaboratively with all of our industry partners, and exploring feasible opportunities to bring us out of this pandemic in an even stronger position will even further strengthen and unify Bermuda. In turn this will translate into stronger economic growth which will further lead to an inclusive Bermuda with jobs and opportunities for all.”

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