Fitch Ratings has assigned Nigeria's Kaduna State Long-Term Foreign and Local Currency Issuer Default Ratings (IDRs) of 'B' and a National Long-Term Rating of 'A+(nga)'. The Outlooks are Stable.
The 'B' ratings reflect Kaduna's dwindling revenue prospects in line with declining statutory allocations from the central government as a result of weak oil prices. Oil-related revenues account for 70% of Nigeria's current external receipts and Kaduna's current revenue. The ratings also reflect the region's fast growing debt although servicing requirements will be moderated by government subsidies, concessionary terms and a long grace period.
They further take into account the state's developing economy focused on agricultural activities and low per capita revenue by international standards.
The 'A+(nga)' rating reflects Kaduna's low risk relative to the country's best risk given strong financial and revenue support from the central government.
The Stable Outlooks factor in Fitch's expectation that a flexible expenditure framework and a sustainable borrowing capacity will allow Kaduna to weather volatile statutory transfers in the medium term.