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Ukraine's credit rating on "B-/B" level, - Standard & Poor's Global Ratings

Source : 112 Ukraine

The analysts expect a new cooperation program with IMF will be confirmed till the end of 2018
15:29, 22 October 2018

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Standard & Poor's Global Ratings confirmed Ukraine’s sovereign credit ratings, both long-term and short terms ones, at the "B-/B" level with a stable forecast, as the press release of the agency informs, Interfax reported.

“Although Ukraine has not received funding within the International Monetary Fund program since March 2017, we expect the new one to be approved till the end of 2018. We think that the new agreement with IMF will help Ukraine to pay debts, repayments of which begins next year, and at the same time, to conduct sound macroeconomic policy in the year of presidential and parliamentary elections,” the agency reports.

Related: Ukraine and IMF agree on new Stand-By Arrangement program for $3.9 billion

The stable forecast also points at the fact that, according to the analysts, the current program of IMF expanded funding will be over preschedule. It will be replaced by a new program for 14 months to stabilize Ukraine ’s macroeconomic policy in 2019.

“B” marks in the ratings of the international agencies mean that the issuer is financially reliable, but it is also under a risk in an unfavorable economic environment.

Related: Ukraine's GDP per capita to grow 1.5 times in five years according to IMF

Reportedly, on October 19, IMF and Ukraine concluded an agreement on a 14-month program of support of economic policy stand-by (SBA), which is to replace the program of expanded funding (EFF), approved in March 2015 (it ends in March 2019).

Earlier, Fitch Ratings confirmed long-term sovereign ratings of Ukraine’s issuer default in foreign and local currency at the "B-" level with a stable forecast.   

Related: IMF forces poverty upon Ukraine, - MP

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