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      Scope has completed a monitoring review for the Free State of Bavaria
      TUESDAY, 15/11/2022 - Scope Ratings GmbH
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      Scope has completed a monitoring review for the Free State of Bavaria

      Monitoring review announcement

      Scope Ratings GmbH (Scope) monitors and reviews its credit ratings on an ongoing basis and at least annually, or every six months in the case of sovereigns, sub-sovereigns and supranational organisations.

      Scope performs monitoring reviews to determine whether material changes and/or changes in macroeconomic or financial market conditions could have an impact on the credit ratings. Scope considers all available and relevant information when undertaking the monitoring review.

      Monitoring reviews are conducted by performing a peer comparison, benchmarking against the rating-change drivers, and/or reviewing the credit ratings’ performance over time, as deemed appropriate by the Lead Analyst or Analytical Team Head, in addition to an assessment of all aspects of the relevant methodology/ies, including key rating assumptions and model(s). Scope publicly announces the completion of each monitoring review on its website.
       
      Scope completed the monitoring review for the Free State of Bavaria (long-term local- and foreign-currency issuer and senior unsecured debt ratings: AAA/Stable; short-term local- and foreign-currency issuer ratings: S-1+/Stable) on 19 September 2022.

      This monitoring note does not constitute a credit rating action, nor does it indicate the likelihood that Scope will conduct a credit rating action in the short term. Information about the latest credit rating action connected with 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 and the growing cost-of-living 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 rating(s) and/or rating Outlook(s) (Sub-Sovereigns Rating Methodology, 5 May 2022) is available on https://scoperatings.com/governance-and-policies/rating-governance/methodologies.
      This monitoring note is issued by Scope Ratings GmbH, Lennéstraße 5, D-10785 Berlin, Tel +49 30 27891-0.
      Lead analyst: Eiko Sievert, Director

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