Moody’s Investors Service (“Moody’s”) reviews all of its ratings periodically in accordance with regulations — either annually or, in the case of governments and certain EU-based supranational organisations, semi-annually.
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Moody’s conducts these periodic reviews through portfolio reviews in which Moody’s reassesses the appropriateness of each outstanding rating in the context of the relevant principal methodology(ies), recent developments, and a comparison of the financial and operating profile to similarly rated peers. Since 1st January 2019, Moody’s issues a press release following each periodic review announcing its completion.
Moody’s has now completed the periodic review of a group of issuers that includes Vietnam and may include related ratings. The review did not involve a rating committee, and this publication does not announce a credit rating action and is not an indication of whether or not a credit rating action is likely in the near future; credit ratings and/or outlook status cannot be changed in a portfolio review and hence are not impacted by this announcement. For any credit ratings referenced in this publication, please see the ratings tab on the issuer/entity page on http://www.moodys.com for the most updated credit rating action information and rating history.
The credit profile of Vietnam (issuer rating Ba3) incorporates an assessment of “a3” economic strength balances the country’s strong growth performance and large size against low GDP per capita, and is also supported by rising competitiveness and an ongoing transition to higher value-added industrial activity; “b2” institutions and governance strength, reflecting administrative deficiencies revealed in recent instances of delayed debt payments against a lengthening track record of maintaining macroeconomic stability amid robust growth; and “baa3” fiscal strength resulting from a relatively high, albeit stabilizing debt burden, moderate debt affordability, the continued sensitivity of the debt burden and debt servicing to exchange rate depreciation, as well as the potential materialization of contingent liabilities from state-owned enterprises. Susceptibility to event risk, at “ba”, is driven by a weak, albeit improving, banking system.
This document summarizes Moody’s view as of the publication date and will not be updated until the next periodic review announcement, which will incorporate material changes in credit circumstances (if any) during the intervening period.
The principal methodology used for this review was Sovereign Ratings Methodology published in November 2019. You can see the Rating Methodologies page on http://www.moodys.com for a copy of this methodology.
This announcement applies only to EU rated and EU endorsed ratings. Non EU rated and non EU endorsed ratings may be referenced above to the extent necessary, if they are part of the same analytical unit.
This publication does not announce a credit rating action. For any credit ratings referenced in this publication, please see the ratings tab on the issuer/entity page on http://www.moodys.com for the most updated credit rating action information and rating history.