Fitch ratings affirms Wema Bank’s BB- rating

Global credit ratings and research firm, Fitch Ratings, has affirmed Wema Bank’s Viability Rating, VR, adding that the bank has a stable outlook.

Fitch also affirmed the Long-term National Rating (Wema) at (BBB-) to reflect the improvement in creditworthiness over time relative to the best credits in Nigeria.

The banking industry will remain challenging considering volatile and low oil prices, continued disruptions in oil production and constraints regarding the forex liquidity, the rating agency opined.

As such, the industry could witness a rise in non-performing loan ratios, though strong capital ratios helped absorb the one-off negative fore shock. It said, the forex devaluation could impact consumer demand.

It said the Long-term Issuer Default Ratings (IDR) of Wema remains on stable outlook as the rating is driven by its Viability Ratings (VR) and there is no expectation of any material change in the bank’s intrinsic creditworthiness.

Wema Bank’s strengths, which underpin its long- and short-term ratings, include its strong risk management culture, low NPL exposure and good liquidity levels. The bank’s affirmed rating further reinforces its resolve to remain a smarter and efficient bank.

Wema Bank Plc’s Managing Director, Segun Oloketuyi, said the rating is an affirmation of the bank’s transformation and its positioning as one of the major players within the retail banking landscape.
 Credit: Bizwatchnigeria.

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