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S&P ups BBVA Continental's outlook to stable citing improved capital

S&P Global Ratings on March 11 revised Peru-based BBVA Banco Continental SA's outlook to stable from negative after an improvement in the bank's capitalization metrics.

The rating agency also affirmed the bank's BBB+/A-2 ratings and revised its stand-alone credit profile to "bbb+" from "bbb."

S&P Global Ratings expects BBVA Banco Continental to maintain its improved capitalization, which was anchored on its sound internal capital generation. A combination of stronger net interest margins, reduced operating expenses and a consistent dividend payout ratio has anchored the improvement in the bank's capitalization, the rating agency said.

The rating agency expects the bank to continue to have sound operating results and to maintain conservative underwriting standards, as it sees an increase in the share of consumer and SME loans in its portfolio.

Although S&P Global Ratings still considers BBVA Banco Continental as a strategically important subsidiary for its parent, Spain-based Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria Colombia SA, the rating agency no longer believes a one-notch downgrade of the parent would result in a downgrade of the Peruvian bank.

The rating agency revised BBVA Banco Continental's outlook to negative in 2018, following a similar action on the parent company.

This S&P Global Market Intelligence news article may contain information about credit ratings issued by S&P Global Ratings. Descriptions in this news article were not prepared by S&P Global Ratings.