Moody’s modifications outlook on Nigeria’s score to damaging from steady

Affirms the B2 rankings

Moody's, Nigeria


Moody’s Buyers Service (“Moody’s) has at this time modified the outlook on the federal government of Nigeria’s rankings to damaging from steady.

Concurrently, Moody’s has affirmed the B2 long-term native and overseas foreign money issuer rankings, the B2 overseas foreign money senior unsecured rankings, and the (P)B2 overseas foreign money senior unsecured MTN programme score.


The brand new standing of Nigeria in line with the worldwide score organisation is because of what it termed “fragility of the nation’s public funds and sluggish progress prospects.”

Moody defined that the “growing fragility of Nigeria’s public funds is obvious within the larger reliance by the federal government on financing from the Central Financial institution of Nigeria (CBN) over the past three years to cowl persistently massive fiscal deficits, with CBN money advances reaching 2.5 per cent of GDP on a internet foundation on the finish of September 2019, along with authorities debt devices held by the CBN price 1.four per cent of GDP.

“Specifically, CBN advances are dearer than debt-funded on the home capital market because the CBN applies a penalty fee on high of its financial coverage fee at the moment at 13.5 per cent.


“Moody’s expects basic authorities revenues to stay very low at round eight% of GDP till 2022, regardless of measures to such because the VAT fee enhance to 7.5% from 5% in 2020. Consequently, debt affordability will stay weak, with basic authorities curiosity funds at round 25% of revenues within the subsequent few years.”

Moody’s additionally projected Nigeria’s actual progress to stay weak, at simply over 2% over the subsequent few years. “The financial system has but to totally get well from the oil worth shock of 2015 and the following recession in 2016; actual progress stays under inhabitants progress, denoting an erosion in incomes from already low ranges.

“This low progress setting makes reaching the federal government’s aims of job creation, enchancment in social indicators, and financial consolidation by way of elevated income assortment extremely difficult. The implementation of financial insurance policies to sustainably increase actual GDP progress would alleviate a number of the damaging credit score pressures.


“Nonetheless, the continuation of the present coverage combine — together with the rationing of the provision of US within the financial system whereas suppressing a part of the demand for overseas foreign money (by way of the record of things banned from accessing from official channels, for instance) – aimed toward supporting home manufacturing and job creation over the long run, will constrain financial progress over the quick to medium time period.”