For Release: April 12, 2016
Contact: Brad Captain, Corporate Relations; Ling Wang, Banking & Investor Relations
DULLES, Va.—Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services (S&P) has revised its outlook on the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation (CFC) to “stable” from “negative.” S&P also affirmed its A and A-1 long- and short-term issuer credit ratings on CFC.
The updated assessment, released today, eliminates—from S&P’s calculations of CFC’s total adjusted capital—the impact of unrealized gains and losses associated with interest rate hedges. CFC uses swaps solely to hedge interest rate risk.
Commenting on the revised outlook, CFC CFO J. Andrew Don noted that, “Unrealized gains and losses from interest rate swaps are non-cash events and, accordingly, have no impact on CFC operating results.”
S&P added that its ratings reflect CFC’s unique market position in lending to electric cooperatives; the low credit risk of CFC’s loan portfolio; and CFC’s access to funding from members and non-capital market sources.
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Created and owned by America’s electric cooperative network, the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation (CFC)—a nonprofit finance cooperative with approximately $24 billion in assets—provides unparalleled industry expertise, flexibility and responsiveness to serve the needs of our member-owners. CFC is an equal opportunity provider. Visit us online at www.nrucfc.coop.