02. Jun 2017 Rating news  – Cross-sector

Scope rates at A+/Stable new TLAC/MREL-eligible senior debt issued by ING Group

Scope rates at A+/Stable new TLAC/MREL-eligible senior debt issued by ING Group; also upgrades to AA-/Stable senior unsecured debt issued by ING Bank (in line with the bank’s existing Issuer Rating).

Today, Scope Ratings upgraded ING Bank’s Senior Unsecured Debt rating to AA- with a Stable Outlook from A+ with a Stable Outlook, aligning it with the bank’s existing Issuer Rating of AA-. The agency also assigned first-time A+ ratings, with a Stable Outlook, to newly issued MREL/TLAC-eligible senior unsecured debt issued by ING Group.

These rating actions reflect Scope’s view that senior unsecured debt which can be eligible for TLAC and/or MREL would be rated at least one notch below both the Issuer Rating and the rating of senior unsecured debt not eligible for MREL/TLAC – whether it is issued by a top holding company or the top operating bank of the group. This view has been detailed by Scope in its bank rating methodology (last updated in May 2017).

Specifically, Scope’s methodology states that “the ratings of senior unsecured debt and other unsecured long-term liabilities which are not eligible for MREL and/or TLAC can be placed at the same level as the Issuer Rating for the AAA-BB rating ranges. This would take into account the material level of protection for this debt category provided by MREL and/or TLAC liabilities, which need to absorb all losses before another layer of protection (…) is put to use”.

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This report is issued by Scope Ratings AG, Berlin, District Court for Berlin (Charlottenburg) HRB 161306 B, Executive Board: Torsten Hinrichs (CEO), Dr Stefan Bund.
The Lead Analyst is Chiara Romano, Senior Analyst.
Responsible for approving all rating actions: Sam Theodore, Managing Director.

Rating history

  • Senior unsecured debt rating for ING Bank NV was first assigned 02.04.2014 and last updated on 31.03.2017
  • Senior unsecured debt rating for ING Groep NV was first assigned 05.10.2015 and last updated on 31.03.2017

The rating outlook indicates the most likely direction of the rating if the rating were to change within the next 12 to 18 months. A rating change is, however, not automatically ensured.
The ratings were not requested by the issuers (unsolicited rating) and were prepared without participation of the issuers.

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