“The revision of Angola’s outlook from Positive to Stable reflects forecasts of lower economic growth, higher inflation, and an increase in the debt to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) ratio as a result of the sharp depreciation of the kwanza,” reads the note that also explains the decision to keep the rating at B-.
Fitch Ratings has reduced its growth forecast to 1.5% of GDP this year and 2% next year, compared to 3.1% in 2022, and also estimates that inflation will rise from 14.7% at the end of this year to 17.1% in 2024 when until now it had predicted that next year prices would grow by single digits.
“Weaker economic growth reflects lower oil production vis-à-vis 2022, which we forecast will decline to an average of 1.09 million barrels per day this year and next, down from 1.14 million barrels per day last year,” Fitch explained.
In the note, the analysts also estimate that the kwanza, which lost 30% of its value against the dollar in the first half, will be worth 760 kwanzas per dollar by the end of the year, compared to 504 kwanzas per dollar at the end of 2022, “but a greater depreciation is possible if domestic supply remains limited,” they warned.
Fitch Ratings also announced that it has decided to maintain Angola’s sovereign credit quality assessment at the current level
On the public debt ratio, which is strongly linked to the evolution of the currency, Fitch Ratings predicts that Angola will miss targets, reaching the end of this one with a debt of 78.9% of GDP, growing from the 65.2% recorded in 2022.
“This mainly reflects the devaluation of the kwanza, as 71% of the total debt volume is denominated in foreign currency,” they explain, predicting that strong nominal GDP growth next year will support a decline in the ratio to 69.9% in 2024.
“This contrasts with our previous forecast of a decline in the debt trajectory to 58% and 54.5% in 2023 and 2024,” they pointed out.
In addition to downgrading the forecast for the evolution of the economy to Stable, meaning that Angola is not expected to see an improvement in the rating over the next 12 to 18 months, remaining at B-, i.e. below the investment recommendation, Fitch Ratings also announced that it has decided to maintain the sovereign credit quality assessment at the current level: B- for foreign currency issues, and B- for local currency issues.
“Maintaining the rating balances a set of weak governance indicators, high inflation, and one of the highest levels of dependence on raw materials among the countries analyzed by Fitch, with a higher level of foreign reserves relative to peers and manageable risks on debt payments due to favorable oil prices, which we anticipate to be $80 and $75 this and next year,” the analysts concluded.
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