Fitch Ratings gives ‘B+’ to Nigeria’s debt notes

Fitch Ratings gives ‘B+’ to Nigeria’s debt notes

Fitch Ratings has assigned Nigeria’s USD1.5 billion 6.500% senior unsecured notes due 28 November 2027 and USD1.5 billion 7.625% senior unsecured notes due 28 November 2047 the final rating of ‘B+’.

The final rating replaces the expected rating of ‘B+(EXP)’ that Fitch assigned on 15 November 2017.

KEY RATING DRIVERS

The expected rating is in line with Nigeria’s Long-Term Foreign-Currency Issuer Default Rating (IDR) of ‘B+’ with a Negative Outlook.

RATING SENSITIVITIES

The rating is sensitive to any changes in Nigeria’s Long-Term Foreign-Currency IDR. On 31 August 2017, Fitch affirmed Nigeria’s Long-Term Foreign-Currency IDR at ‘B+’ with a Negative Outlook. The Long-Term Local-Currency IDR is also ‘B+’ with a Negative Outlook.