NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) releases its Airlines and the Nuanced Role of Sovereigns in Credit report, which gives insight into KBRA’s nuanced views in evaluating the impact of sovereign risk on an airline’s credit profile.

This report provides an update to KBRA’s Impact of Sovereign Support on Airline Credit Profiles report, published in 2017. Since then, the airline industry has undergone considerable transition, with several notable examples of sovereign bailouts of airlines as well as a number of airline bankruptcies. In addition, heightened macro risks (such as the coronavirus from Wuhan, China, and its impact on airline travel) are influencing the performance of several airlines. Also, as noted in a recent KBRA research report on climate change risks and airlines, sovereign regulatory policies are becoming an increasingly important factor influencing airline strategy and profitability in several jurisdictions across the globe.

The main takeaways from this report include:

  • The global nature of airline operations and their important role in domestic economies and national pride are characteristics that warrant special credit considerations compared to other obligors in an economy.
  • Ownership structure, systemic importance, and the policy environment are considerations underlying airline credit analysis.
  • Airline revenues may largely be hard-currency denominated and may also be derived from non-local sources, helping to insulate an airline from sovereign risk.
  • In the case of government-owned airlines, excessive involvement in the management of an airline and protectionist commercial policies could be detrimental to its credit quality.

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