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Fitch lowers Financiera de Occidente, Tarjetas de Crédito de Occidente ratings

Fitch Ratings on May 29 lowered the long-term national ratings of Guatemala-based Financiera de Occidente SA to B-(gtm) from BB+(gtm) and Tarjetas de Crédito de Occidente SA to B(gtm) from BB+(gtm), while revising their outlooks to negative from stable.

The downgrade of Financiera de Occidente's national rating reflects a deterioration in its loan portfolio, given a significant increase in its foreclosed asset account as well as greater restructuring and loan delinquencies. As a result, the bank could record significant operating losses and negative equity, Fitch said.

Meanwhile, Tarjetas de Crédito de Occidente's lower rating also considers a deterioration in its loan book and reduced profitability indicators. Furthermore, the company's financial profile is exposed to a potential contagion risk given Financiera de Occidente's weakened credit profile.

The rating agency affirmed the companies' B(gtm) short-term national ratings.

Both companies are part of Grupo Financiero de Occidente.