Detailed information on Russian Agricultural Bank credit ratings

On 17 August 2023, NCR has assigned an AA+.ru national-scale credit rating with a Stable outlook to Russian Agricultural Bank (RusAg, the Bank).

RusAg's credit rating defined by its very strong positions in the most important segment for the Bank – agribusiness lending. The Bank has an adequate capital reserve, both under RAS and IFRS, and sufficiently diversified funding. Liquid assets and additional liquidity cover the funds of the largest lenders with a significant margin. The management system corresponds to the development goals and the specifics of RusAg's business model. NCR notes the steady improvement in the Bank's financial result given the growing interest income and the decreasing cost of funding, RusAg's deep expertise in the field of agribusiness lending, as well as a decrease in the share of non-performing loans.


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On 30 January 2024, ACRA affirmed the credit rating of Russian Agricultural Bank at AA(RU), outlook stable, as well as the credit rating of senior unsecured debt – equivalent to the Bank’s rating. The credit rating of RusAg reflects the very high systemic importance of the Bank for the Russian economy and the national banking system, support from the government, as well as the leading role of RusAg in supporting the agricultural sector of the Russian Federation.

At the same time, ACRA upgraded the Bank’s standalone creditworthiness assessment (SCA) by one notch to bbb – due to the improvement of the risk profile assessment. The Agency notes a steady trend in reducing the share of non-performing and potential non-performing loans, improving the quality of RusAg’s loan portfolio and bringing its level closer to that of comparable financial institutions.

The increase in the Bank’s SCA led to an upgrade of the credit rating of subordinated perpetual bonds of RusAg to B+(RU).


Note: ACRA is one of the biggest Russian authorized credit rating agency, founded in 2015. ACRA operates in compliance with the latest regulatory requirements and best global practices. The Agency’s main objective is to provide high-quality rating and analytical products to participants in financial markets on both the national and international levels.