NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) assigns a long-term rating of AAA with a Stable Outlook to the State of Ohio General Obligation Highway Capital Improvement Bonds Series W. KBRA additionally affirms the long-term rating of AAA and Stable Outlook on the General Obligation Highway Capital Improvement Series V.
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Key Credit Considerations
KBRA continues to monitor the direct and indirect impacts of the COVID-19 virus on the Special Tax and State GO sectors. Please refer to KBRA’s ongoing research on the topic here for more information.
The rating level reflects the following key credit considerations:
- Debt service coverage is very favorable at approximately 20.0x and is expected to improve following the increase to the motor vehicle gasoline tax effective July 1, 2019.
- The bonds enjoy the general obligation pledge of the State and additional credit protection from the pledged highway revenues, which puts them in a position senior to GO bondholders.
- Certain economic indicators have lagged national averages over the longer term, notably population and job growth. Should this divergence from national averages widen, it could develop into a rating consideration.
- Not applicable for a AAA rating.
- Significant deterioration in economic performance or a more pronounced and negative divergence from U.S. average indicators.
When relevant to credit, ESG factors are incorporated into the credit analysis in the same manner as all other credit-relevant factors. Among the ESG factors that have impact on this rating analysis are:
- Discussions in RD 1 reflect Governance Factors. KBRA has examined the following areas for this credit: management structure, revenue raising flexibility, financial monitoring, and long-term planning.
- Discussions in RD 3 reflect Social Factors. KBRA has examined the following areas for this credit: trends in population, education, income, poverty levels, employment, unemployment, gross state product and the potential impact of the COVID-19 crisis.
More information on ESG Considerations for the Public Finance sector can be found here.
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