Fitch Ratings cut the long-term issuer default ratings of three major banks late Thursday, and warned that more than a dozen more may see their ratings cut as well as it put them on a negative watch.
Bloomberg reported that UBS, Royal Bank of Scotland Group and Lloyds Banking Group were all downgraded. UBS lost a single notch on its long-term issuer default rating and its “support rating floor,” going from A+ to A, with Fitch saying in a statement that its “view that the one-notch uplift for close affiliation with the Swiss state is no longer warranted.”
RBS and Lloyds both saw their ratings dropped by two notches, from Double A- to A. In its case, Fitch cited the lessening likelihood that the U.K. would provide the bank support. Moody’s Investors Service had taken a similar action against a dozen banks on Oct. 7, as previously reported by AdvisorOne, also citing lessening likelihood of government support for banks.