S&P affirms Qatar’s rating at ‘AA-‘, outlook at ‘stable’

(Reuters) – S&P Global Ratings on Friday affirmed Qatar’s rating at “AA-“, saying it believes the Arab country’s government and external balance sheets will be able to provide sufficient buffers to withstand shocks.

The agency said it expects a timely policy response from Qatar’s government to shore up its liquidity, given continued challenges in the international capital markets.

Qatar sold $10 billion in bonds in April, the first Gulf state to raise cash in the debt markets against a backdrop of low oil prices and market uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

“Despite a sharp economic contraction and low hydrocarbon prices, we don’t expect the government’s fiscal and external stock positions will materially deteriorate beyond our expectations,” the ratings agency said in a statement. bit.ly/2A9qnPL

Income levels in Qatar remain among the highest of rated sovereigns, supporting its strong credit profile, S&P added.

S&P maintained Qatar’s outlook at “stable”.

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