S&P Downgrades Erste, RZB, UniCredit, Affirms HYPO NOE, KA Finanz, Upgrades HYPO OO

Businessn.a. ♦ Published: August 13, 2014; 19:25 ♦ (Vindobona)

S&P is downgrading three banks, affirming the ratings on two banks, upgrading one bank, and lowering various issue ratings on the banks' hybrid capital and guaranteed grandfathered debt.

Standard & Poor's Takes Various Rating Actions On Six Austrian Banks / Picture: © Flickr / Ryan H

Standard & Poor's Ratings Services said today that it has taken various rating actions on six Austria-based banks.

Austria has recently enacted legislation to bail in holders of Hypo Group Alpe Adria's subordinated debt, despite the State of Carinthia's grandfathered guarantee of this debt. In S&P's view, the new law indicates reduced predictability of extraordinary…