Scope has completed a monitoring review for Bavaria
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Scope completed the monitoring review for the Free State of Bavaria (AAA/Stable; S-1+/Stable) on 11 October 2021. This monitoring note does not constitute a rating action nor indicates the likelihood of a credit rating action in the short term. The latest information on the credit ratings in this monitoring note along with the associated rating history can be found on www.scoperatings.com.
Key rating factors
The AAA/Stable rating reflects the Free State of Bavaria’s wealthy economy, strong budgetary performance, low debt burden, ample liquidity, and excellent capital market access. In addition, the rating is underpinned by a well-established and highly integrated institutional framework, characterised by a very strong revenue equalisation system together with the federal solidarity principle and the primary shock-absorbing role the federal government has assumed in the context of the Covid-19 crisis. These aspects also enable the Free State of Bavaria to counterbalance the Covid-19 economic shock. Credit challenges relate to limited revenue flexibility and high pension liabilities weighing on long-term expenditure flexibility, as well as sizeable, yet manageable, contingent liabilities.
The Stable Outlook reflects Scope’s assessment that the risks Bavaria faces remain balanced. The ratings could be downgraded if: i) the German sovereign rating is downgraded; or ii) changes were to affect the institutional framework, resulting in a notably weaker individual credit profile.
The methodology applicable for the reviewed ratings and/or rating Outlooks (Rating Methodology: Sub-Sovereigns, 12 May 2021) is available on https://www.scoperatings.com/#!methodology/list.
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Lead analyst: Jakob Suwalski, Director
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