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S&P affirms Banco Original's ratings; removes developing CreditWatch

Standard & Poor's Ratings Services on April 8 affirmedboth Banco OriginalSA's and Banco Original do Agronegócio S.A's long- and short-termcounterparty credit ratings at brBBB and brA­3, respectively.

The rating agency also removed the ratings from developingCreditWatch. The outlook on the long-term rating is negative.

According to S&P, the ratings of both banks are based onthe agency's view that they are core businesses for the conglomerate ConglomeradoFinanceiro Original, whose assessment incorporates the banks' weak businessposition due to the concentration of certain business and product lines. Italso took into account the banks' strong capital and profitability positionsconsidering their risk-adjusted capital ratio projected at 10.5% for the nexttwo years.

Meanwhile, S&P also said that the conglomerate's riskposition is moderate, given its good asset quality. Furthermore, the ratingagency considered the group's fundraising base as below average, even thoughits liquidity level is adequate.

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