Moodys Investors Services has placed MBIA Insurance Corp.s 'Aaa' insurance financial strength ratings on review for possible downgrade.
Moodys also placed MBIA Insurances 'Aa2'-rated surplus note and MBIA holding companys 'As3'-rated senior debt on review for possible downgrade.
These actions reflect the rating agencys concern regarding a lack of consistency in MBIAs credit profile and current ratings, given the insurance firms diminished new business prospects and financial flexibility as well as the potential for higher expected and stress losses within its insurance portfolio.
Moodys said it will most likely downgrade the ratings, since MBIAs insurance financial strength rating will likely fall within the 'Aa' range. A downgrade to the singleA rating category is possible, however.
Before todays rating action, MBIAs rating outlook was negative.
Meanwhile, Moodys also placed on review for possible downgrade the 'Aaa' insurance financial strength ratings of Ambac Assurance Corp. and Ambac Assurance UK.
Moodys also reviewed Ambac Financial Groups 'As3' rating for possible downgrade .
These ratings actions are a result of Moodys concern for Ambacs general credit profile, including constrained new prospects and flexibility, and possible increased expected and stress loss projections among its mortgage-related risk exposures, the rating agency said.
Moody's had previously placed Ambac's rating on negative outlook. Since Ambacs insurance financial strength rating is most likely to remain in the 'Aa' rating category, the rating agency said said it will probably downgrade the ratings.