May 24 2019
Fitch ratings upgrades Iceland´s ST ratings to F1+; affirms LT ratings at A stable

Today Fitch ratings has published a new report on Iceland´s sovereign ratings. Iceland´s Short-Term (ST) foreign- and local currency ratings are upgraded to F1+ from F1, in line with the agency´s publication from 3rd of May. Iceland´s Long-Term (LT) ratings are affirmed at A with stable outlooks. Iceland´s country ceiling was also raised from A to A+, due to the almost full lifting of capital controls.

As stated in Fitch´s press release, the collapse of Wow air as well as the current absence of fishable capelin stock in Icelandic waters, are among the factors that have led to a worsening economic outlook for 2019. However, the agency assumes that economic growth will return in 2020 and be positive by 2.5%. The announcement also points to the recent relative stability of the Icelandic krona despite the lifting of capital controls and Wow air´s collapse.  

The main factors that could lead to a positive rating action are a continued fall in the public debt ratio, supported by prudent fiscal policy, and a sustained improvement in the external balance sheet and increased resilience of the economy to external shocks.

The main factors that could lead to a negative rating action are a sustained and sharper than expected economic downturn, impacting on the banking sector and leading to excessive capital outflows, jeopardising financial stability and weakening external buffers.

Fitch´s update (pdf)

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Results of additional issuance of RIKB 28 1115 and RIKS 26 0216

As stated in paragraph 5 of Terms of Invitation to Tender for Treasury bonds, the Government Debt Management offered the equivalent of 10% of the nominal value sold in the auction 6 September, at the price of accepted bids. This time Primary Dealers did not exercise their right to purchase in RIKB 28 1115 but exercised their right in RIKS 26 0216 for 110 m.kr. Total outstanding nominal value of RIKB 28 1115 is now 65,401,601,519 and RIKS 26 0216 is now 20,282,700,000 kr. Settlement date is 11 September 2019.

Sep 10 2019
Primary Dealers
Increased securities lending facilities to primary dealers

Government Debt Management securities lending facilities for primary dealers.

According to the Agreements concerning Secondary Market Issuance and Market making in Treasury Securities dated 14 March 2019,  securities lending in series RIKS 26 0216 to each primary dealer will be increased from 1 b.kr. nominal value up to 2 b.kr. nominal value. These terms shall take effect on Wednesday 11 September 2019.

Treasury Bond Auction Announcement - RIKB 28 1115 - RIKS 26 0216
Series RIKB 28 1115 RIKS 26 0216
ISIN IS0000028249 IS0000030732
Maturity Date 11/15/2028 02/16/2026
Auction Date 09/06/2019 09/06/2019
Settlement Date 09/11/2019 09/11/2019
10% addition 09/10/2019 09/10/2019

On the Auction Date, between 10:30 am and 11:00 am, the Government Debt Management will auction Treasury bonds in the Series, with the ISIN number and with the Maturity Date according to the table above. Payments for the Treasury Bonds must be received by the Central Bank before 14:00 on the Settlement Date, and the Bonds will be delivered in electronic form on the same day. For an additional 10% see Article 6 of the General Terms of Auction Treasury Bonds.

For further information, please refer to the Government Debt Management website, i.e. for the description of the Treasury bond and the General Terms of Auction of Treasury Bonds.

For additional information please contact Oddgeir Gunnarsson, Government Debt Management, at +354 569 9635.