Barclays Plc (BARC), Deutsche Bank AG (DBK), and Credit Suisse Group AG (CSGN) had their credit ratings lowered by Standard & Poor’s as new rules and “uncertain market conditions” threaten their business.
Long-term counterparty credit ratings for the three banks were cut to A from A+, S&P said yesterday in a statement. The ratings company also affirmed its A long-term rating and A-1 short-term rating on UBS AG (UBSN), according to the statement. The outlook for all four companies is stable.
Banks are still in recovery from the 2008 financial crisis, which drove some economies into recession and spawned new regulations and legal probes. The four European lenders are among the most exposed to proposed rules that could reduce revenue from trading and investment banking operations, the ratings firm said.
“We consider that these banks’ debtholders face heightened credit risk owing to the industry’s tighter regulation, fragile global markets, stagnant European economies and rising litigation risk stemming from the financial crisis,” S&P said. “A large number of global regulatory initiatives are increasingly demanding for capital market operations.”