On September 20, 2019, Fitch Ratings has upgraded PJSC Sovcombank's long-term issuer default ratings to "BB+" from "BB". The viability rating has been upgraded to "bb+" from "bb". The upgrade of the ratings reflects the bank's extended track record of exceptional performance, robust asset quality, strong profitability, solid liquidity and capital buffers. On April 7, 2020, Fitch Ratings revised 15 Russian banks' outlooks to "Negative" on coronavirus disruption and oil price slump.
On September 20, 2019, the international rating agency S&P Global Ratings raised to "BB/B" its long- and short-term foreign and local currency ratings on Sovcombank PJSC. The outlook is "Stable". The agency now consider Sovcombank to be a systemically important institution in a Russian context. The stable outlook reflects the opinion that Sovcombank will maintain its current level of capitalization and not increase its risk appetite as it follows its organic and acquisitive expansion strategy.
On April 13, 2020, the international rating agency Moody's assigned "Ba2" long-term local- and foreign-currency deposit ratings with "Stable" outlook to Sovcombank PJSC. The ratings are based solely on Bank's "ba2" Baseline Credit Assessment (BCA). The BCA reflects Sovcombank’s strong loss-absorption capacity, illustrated by its high pre-provision profitability, robust capital buffers and adequate provisioning, sound asset-quality indicators, supported by good portfolio diversification and an increased portion of secured retail loans, and strengthened funding base and good liquidity.
On August 9, 2019 The Analytical Credit Rating Agency (ACRA) upgraded the credit rating of Sovcombank to "A+(RU)" with a "Stable" outlook due to a change in the market risk assessment, which led to an upgrade in the Bank’s SCA to "a". The Bank’s systemic importance for the Russian banking system is reflected in one additional notch up to its SCA.
On May 26, 2020, Expert RA Rating Agency confirmed Sovcombank's credit rating at the level of "ruА" with "Positive" outlook. The Bank's rating is based on high market positions and quality of management, adequate asset quality assessments and capital adequacy, as well as a comfortable liquid position. The outlook reflects a significant resilience buffer, which will allow the Bank to increase its scale of business during the economic recovery.
On December 30, 2019, the first credit rating according to the National Credit Ratings agency ("NCR") was assigned to Sovcombank PJSC at the level of "AA -" with a "Stable" outlook. The Agency positively assesses the current business model of the Bank, as well as the successful experience of integration of the acquired credit institutions. According to analysts, the Bank's strong market position is combined with moderately high business diversification and sufficient capital buffer supported by high profitability indicators and low risk appetite.