Fitch rates Turkey's stable outlook with BBB-, BBB
WASHINGTON - Anadolu AgencyThe international credit rating agency, Fitch, has affirmed Turkey's long-term foreign and local currency Issuer Default Ratings at BBB- and BBB, respectively with a stable outlook.
"The issue ratings on Turkey's senior unsecured foreign and local currency bonds have also been affirmed at 'BBB-' and 'BBB', respectively. The country ceiling has been affirmed at 'BBB' and the short-term foreign currency IDR at 'F3'," said the agency in a press release on March 21.
"Falling oil prices have contributed to lower inflation and a faster contraction of the current account deficit (in Turkey), notwithstanding sharp falls in exports to Russia, Ukraine and the Middle East," it said, adding that the economy continues to show signs of rebalancing.
"Public finances remain robust with no sign of fiscal slippage ahead of the general election in June, while the banking system remains in good shape for the most part, unaffected by developments at Bank Asya," added the agency.
On Feb. 4, the Savings Deposit Insurance Fund, the agency responsible for resolving failed banks, took over the management of the Bank Asya and appointed a new chief executive officer and board of directors. Regulators had said that the bank did not comply with transparency requirements with respect to disclosure of Bank Asya's partnership structure.
Turkish banking regulators have also seized management of some preferred shares in Bank Asya held by publisher Surat Basim and construction company Forum İnşaat; regulators cited irregular share transfers to a Dutch firm in January.
Bank Asya was founded by business figures who had alleged links with the U.S.-based preacher Fethullah Gülen's movement, which is accused of illegal activities by the Turkish government, its ally-turned nemesis.