Fitch Ratings changes JLR’s outlook to ‘negative’ from ‘stable’

Fitch Ratings has revised Jaguar Land Rover Automotive plc’s outlook to ‘negative’ from ‘stable’, indicating a higher risk of a downgrade in its credit rating in the future. The move comes in the wake of higher investments by the company into research and development and rising depreciation of past investments, resulting in more cash burn […]

Fitch downgrades PNB’s Viability Rating by two notches

Fitch Ratings has downgraded the ‘viability rating’ of scam-hit Punjab National Bank by two notches to ‘b’ from ‘bb-‘, citing a sharp rise in loan defaults. However, the bank’s ‘default rating’ has been kept at BBB-, given the high probability that the government of India will lend support in case of such an eventuality. “The […]

Fitch says Chanda Kochhar issue raises governance concerns at ICICI Bank

The ongoing allegations around the sanction of a loan by ICICI Bank to the Videocon Group and the bank’s reluctance to support an independent probe into the matter has created doubts about the bank’s internal governance standards, global ratings agency Fitch said. “..the presence of the bank’s CEO on this credit committee – and the […]

Fitch abandons negative outlook on Indian telecom, sees return of growth

International credit rating agency Fitch said it revised its outlook on the Indian telecom sector to ‘stable’ from ‘negative’ and sees the sector returning to revenue growth in 2018. “We expect gradual price discipline in India’s telecoms sector to drive a mid-single-digit revenue recovery in 2018, following 2017’s falls,” the firm said in the context […]

RCom could sell assets to Reliance Jio, go virtual – Fitch

Reliance Communications could ink more spectrum selling and sharing agreements with Mukesh Ambani-controlled Reliance Jio, Fitch Ratings said, adding that the Anil Ambani company would end up as a mobile virtual operator after its ongoing restructuring. Rcom “plans to monetise spectrum assets in the 800MHz, 900MHz, 1800MHz and 2100MHz bands by sharing and trading with […]

Tata Tele acquisition good for Bharti Airtel – Fitch

Bharti Airtel Limited’s (BBB-/Stable) announcement that it plans to acquire the consumer mobile operations of Tata Teleservices and Tata Teleservices (Maharashtra) Ltd (Tata Telecom business) is positive for the deal participants as well as the industry, Fitch Ratings said. Bharti’s credit profile will improve slightly as it is paying no consideration for the operations, which […]

Reliance Infrastructure responds to downgrade by India Ratings

Reliance Infrastructure said it disagreed with the decision by India Ratings, a unit of Fitch, to downgrade its debt over delays in equity infusion and monetization of assets. “The Company respectfully disagrees with the views of India Ratings,” it said today. “The Company has taken series of steps for asset monetization including inter alia filing […]

Fitch lauds Tata Steel’s thyssenkrupp deal, but rating unchanged

Tata Steel Limited’s (TSL) memorandum of understanding with thyssenkrupp AGn to create a 50:50 JV in Europe paves the way for TSL to reduce exposure to a structurally weaker business, says Fitch Ratings. However, TSL’s Long-Term Issuer Default Rating (IDR) of ‘BB’ remains on Rating Watch Evolving until further clarity on the proposed JV emerges […]

Petrol, LPG consumption up 10% in India; diesel, kerosene sees sluggishness

The pace of growth in petroleum consumption slowed this year, but private retailers are getting ready to open more and more outlets, Fitch Ratings said. Consumption of petroleum products, such as diesel, petrol, LPG and kerosene, has been increasing at a rate of about 5% in India over the last three years, Fitch said. However, […]

RCom ‘respectfully disagrees’ with Fitch and Moody’s on its credit rating

Anil Ambani-led Reliance Communications said it disagrees with the decision of agencies Moody’s and Fitch to downgrade the company’s credit rating based on its ‘standstill agreement’ with its lenders. Shares of RCom fell 4% to Rs 19.30 on the National Stock Exchange today as a result of the ratings action yesterday. “We respectfully disagree with […]

Fitch cuts IDBI Bank rating as NPAs climb to 21%

Fitch Ratings said it downgraded IDBI Bank’s Long-Term Default Rating and its ‘viability rating’ by one notch each to ‘BB+’ and ‘ccc’ with a stable outlook. “IDBI Bank’s Viability Rating reflects the deterioration of its financial profile in the last two years and our expectation that both asset quality and capital will remain significant ongoing […]

Fitch Ratings upgrades Tata Motors on improving business performance

Fitch Ratings has upgraded its rating on Tata Motors by one notch, pointing to the automaker’s improving business performance. “The upgrade reflects the sustained improvement in TML’s Indian automotive business over the last two years, supported by growing commercial vehicle volumes, successful new product launches in the passenger vehicle segment, as well as the management’s […]

Fitch downgrades Anil Ambani’s Reliance Communications over Aircel merger

Fitch Ratings has downgraded India-based Reliance Communications Limited’s long-term rating to ‘B+’ from ‘BB-‘. “It is our view that Rcom’s plans to demerge its wireless business into a 50:50 joint-venture and sell 51% of its tower business, Reliance Infratel Ltd (Infratel), will be negative for Rcom’s creditors, even if receipts from the tower transaction are […]

Fitch revises US growth estimates on Trump election, says protectionism to rise

The surge in populism and anti-establishment sentiment witnessed in the Brexit vote and Donald Trump’s victory in the US presidential election seem likely to push structural policies in the direction of economic nationalism, said Fitch Ratings in its latest global economic outlook (GEO). This will result in a reduction in trade openness and international labour […]

Despite Demonetization, India will beat China in GDP growth: Fitch Ratings

Despite a moderation in India’s GDP growth rate in the short term due to cash crunch, the Indian economy will still grow faster than that of China, global ratings agency Fitch said. “We still expect India’s GDP growth to trend higher than China’s in the medium term,” said the agency, whose primary job is to […]