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Santander among 28 Spanish banks downgraded

by: IFAonline
  • 26/06/2012
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Santander among 28 Spanish banks downgraded
Moody's Investors Service has downgraded the credit rating on 28 Spanish banks, including Banco Santander, less than a month after cutting the nation's sovereign rating.

The ratings agency said the banks are linked to the sovereign, so Spain’s reduced creditworthiness “implies a weaker credit profile for Spanish banks”.

The move follows a cut to the Spanish government’s own credit rating to just above junk status earlier in June.

Among the downgrades was a cut to Banco Santander, which saw its long-term rating cut to Baa2 from A3. The bank’s UK arm is a standalone business.

On Monday, Spain asked for money to help support its banks after an independent audit last week found they needed up to 62bn euros (£50bn) in extra funding.

European authorities had already agreed to provide up to 100bn euros ahead of assessments of the banks’ needs.

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