FITCH DOWNGRADES HUNGARY TO 'BB+'; NEGATIVE OUTLOOK
Fitch Ratings-London-06 January 2012: Fitch Ratings has downgraded Hungary's Long-term foreign and local currency Issuer Default Ratings (IDR) by one notch to 'BB+' and 'BBB-', from 'BBB-' and 'BBB' respectively. The Outlook on the long-term IDRs is Negative. The agency has also downgraded Hungary's Short-term IDR to 'B' from 'F3', and its Country Ceiling by two notches, to 'BBB' from 'A-'.
"The downgrade of Hungary's ratings reflects further deterioration in the country's fiscal and external financing environment and growth outlook, caused in part by further unorthodox economic policies which are undermining investor confidence and complicating the agreement of a new IMF/EU deal," says Matteo Napolitano, Director in Fitch's Sovereign Group.