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Stable outlook: ratings agency Standard & Poor’s affirmed the strong role in the economy of international business and said tourism has also increased markedly in 2023 and should further support growth (Photograph by David Fox)

Ratings agency Standard & Poor’s has reaffirmed Bermuda's A+ Sovereign Credit Rating and Bermuda's A-1 short-term rating and its AA+ transfer and convertibility assessment.

S&P also maintained the "stable" outlook for Bermuda's Credit Rating.

S&P indicated that they “expect the local economy to remain healthy, supporting government finances, limiting the need to increase gross debt, and supporting the territory’s external position (including current account surpluses).”

The agency affirmed the strong role in the economy of international business despite uncertainty about the global minimum corporate tax initiative and said tourism has also increased markedly in 2023 and should further support growth.

Good economic activity will support low fiscal deficits, S&P said, and limit the need for incremental new borrowing.

The government borrowed $890 million in 2022 to repay upcoming maturities and expects no new borrowing until after 2028.

David Burt, Premier and Minister of Finance, said the report was an independent endorsement of his government's prudent and considered fiscal strategy.

S&P reported: “Despite the economic recovery, we expect a fiscal deficit in line with the government’s budget of 1 per cent of GDP this year. We assume that a combination of GDP growth, recovering revenues, and a commitment to fiscal consolidation will lead to decreasing fiscal deficits, and will stabilise the government's net debt burden.”

The report added: “The ratings reflect Bermuda's strong institutional framework and prudent policymaking, prosperous economy, favourable external profile, good fiscal flexibility, moderate net general government debt burden, and limited monetary flexibility.

“Institutional and economic profile: Institutional stability and a wealthy economy support the ratings.”

Sound economic policies, stewardship and vision: David Burt, the Premier and Finance Minister said Bermudians should be encouraged by the latest S&P review (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

The Premier stated: “I am pleased by this outlook which reaffirms the sound economic policies, stewardship and vision of this government.

“Despite the socioeconomic impacts of the pandemic, foreign wars, global inflation, and disruptions in supply chains, we continue to meet our targets and advance policy initiatives necessary for long-term economic growth.”

“This government recognises the importance of Bermuda’s credit rating and is committed to doing what is necessary to maintain our ratings while balancing our social agenda by providing relief that will lessen the financial burden of many individuals and businesses.”

“Bermudians should be encouraged by the latest review of S&P as it helps to validate the work of Bermuda's government on our path to continued economic recovery.”

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Published May 10, 2023 at 7:57 am (Updated May 11, 2023 at 8:14 am)

S&P maintains stable outlook for Bermuda credit rating

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