S&P Global Ratings on March 26 affirmed DNB Bank ASA's A+/A-1 long- and short-term issuer credit ratings and revised the outlook on the DNB ASA unit to positive from stable.
Additionally, S&P affirmed the BBB/A-2 long- and short-term issuer credit ratings of Eiendomskreditt AS and Bank Norwegian AS and maintained a negative outlook on both entities.
The outlook revision on DNB Bank is based on the rating agency's view that Norway's economic risk trend is now stable, as house prices have fallen since 2017 and the risk of elevated credit losses from the oil and shipping sectors is subsiding. The revision is also based on the agency's belief that an effective bank resolution regime will soon be in place.
The negative outlook on Eiendomskreditt reflects S&P's view that despite Norway's economic risks having stabilized, the agency could downgrade the bank's ratings within its two-year outlook horizon. Meanwhile, Bank Norwegian's negative outlook reflects S&P's expectations that the bank will continue its phase of rapid loan growth, particularly outside Norway, over the next two years, leading to a risk of capital and asset deterioration.
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