Moody's upgrades NBP'S outlook to stable, affirms ratings.

 
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Moody's Investors Service has affirmed the B3 long-term local currency deposit ratings of National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) and upgraded the outlook from negative to stable.

The rating action follows Moody's decision on December 2, 2019 to affirm the B3 rating for the Government of Pakistan and change the outlook on the sovereign rating to stable from negative and reflect reduced external vulnerability risks and ongoing fiscal reforms.

The rating action reflects improvements in the operating environment in Pakistan and in the country's sovereign credit profile. The primary driver of Moody's decision to change the bank's outlook to stable is the extensive interconnectedness between the bank's balance sheet and sovereign credit risk, owing to the bank's high exposure to government securities. The high direct exposure to government credit risk, in addition to the primarily Pakistan focus of its operations, links the bank's credit profile to that of the government. As a result, the improvements in the operating environment and in...

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