July 2, 2012 / 10:46 AM / 5 years ago

TEXT-S&P summary: Lloyds TSB Bank PLC

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Summary analysis -- Lloyds TSB Bank PLC --------------------------- 02-Jul-2012

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CREDIT RATING: A/Stable/A-1 Country: United Kingdom

Primary SIC: National

commercial banks

Mult. CUSIP6: 53943R

Mult. CUSIP6: 53943S

Mult. CUSIP6: 53944X

Mult. CUSIP6: 539473

Mult. CUSIP6: 53947M

Mult. CUSIP6: 53947N

Mult. CUSIP6: 53947P

Mult. CUSIP6: 53947Q

Mult. CUSIP6: 5394E6

Mult. CUSIP6: 5394E7

Mult. CUSIP6: 5394E8

Mult. CUSIP6: G55356

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Credit Rating History:

Local currency Foreign currency

29-Nov-2011 A/A-1 A/A-1

06-Mar-2009 A+/A-1 A+/A-1

14-Jan-2009 AA-/A-1+ AA-/A-1+

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Major Rating Factors

Strengths:

-- Strong position in U.K. retail banking and leading positions in U.K. commercial and corporate banking, and insurance.

-- Strong management focus to rapidly improve the bank’s funding and liquidity profile, and accelerate the reduction in its typically riskier, non-core assets.

-- Government support, which includes a 39.2% common equity stake.

Weaknesses:

-- Credit performance remains worse than most peers.

-- Below-average risk-adjusted capital, by our measures.

-- Underlying income growth prospects appear weak, and a number of nonrecurring items continue to weigh on capital generation.

Outlook

Standard & Poor’s Rating Services’ outlook on U.K.-based Lloyds TSB Bank PLC is stable. We assume that Lloyds will make further strides to improve its funding and liquidity profile, over and above the beneficial impact of the ongoing reduction in its non-core assets. It also reflects the likelihood that we will revise our assessment of either its risk position or capital and earnings to “adequate” over the next 12-18 months, which under our criteria, will permit the removal of the transitional notch in the counterparty credit rating. If the revision does not occur, or if we think that it is unlikely to occur within the stated timeframe, then we may lower the ratings by one notch. Our ratings assume that:

-- Lloyds will improve its capital ratio to close to the 7.0% mark as measured under Standard & Poor’s risk-adjusted (RAC) framework by end-2013 and could further improve thereafter.

-- Lloyds will generate moderately supportive statutory profitability in 2012, and will improve profitability considerably in 2013, both on an underlying and statutory basis.

-- While credit costs will remain a drag on earnings in 2012, they will progressively ease, and that new areas of relative weakness will not emerge.

-- Risks arising from Lloyds’ EC-mandated retail business disposal are not material to Lloyds’ business stability, capitalization, or funding.

We consider a positive rating action to be unlikely while Lloyds continues its transition.

Our Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
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