Moody's maintains Egypt's junk B3 bond rating on weak finances
Moody's Investor Service maintained Egypt's long-term and senior unsecured bond rating at B3، a highly speculative non-investment grade، as government finances remain weak and the impact of the country's reform program remains unclear. The rating agency also affirmed its stable outlook on the country's main credit rating.
"The rating affirmation is based on Moody's view that the B3 rating appropriately captures Egypt's credit risk profile. Very weak government finances will continue to constrain the rating pending further clarity on the sustainability and impact of the reform programme،" the rating agency said.
"While Egypt's external liquidity position has significantly improved over the past 12 months، the increase in international reserves has been mainly driven by debt-creating inflows، thus also raising the level of external debt and foreign-currency denominated debt.
Egypt in November unlocked a $12 billion International Monetary Fund loan by devaluing its currency and reducing energy subsidies. While the move help attract capital flows into the country and net international reserves rose by $4.7bn to a record $36.04bn last month، the economy has struggled under price inflation not seen in decades. The rate of inflation soared to a 31-year high last month as a spate of subsidy cuts lifted the price of goods and services. That led to a slowdown in spending as the price of goods and services sky rocketed. - The National