Any change in shareholding structure of SCBT's or UOBT
's parents, in its propensity to support or in the parents' ratings could impact their ratings.
UOBT's National Ratings are already the highest on the national scale, meaning there is no upside.
The senior debt ratings of UOBT, CIMBT and ICBCTL are sensitive to changes in their National Ratings.
UOBT's Viability Rating could see upside if the bank shows that it can further improve its profitability and expands its franchise and scale relative to Thailand's medium-sized banks - although this appears unlikely to occur in the short term.
UOBT's Support Rating of '1' is already at the highest level, meaning there is no upside.
Fitch rates the Thai-baht denominated senior debt of UOBT and CIMBT at the same level as the entities' National Ratings, reflecting the unsecured and unsubordinated nature of these instruments, which rank pari passu with the banks' other senior unsecured obligations.
UOBT's Viability Rating reflects its relatively small franchise in the Thai market, and an earnings capacity that has underperformed that of larger banks.
Fitch rates UOBT's Basel III Tier 2 subordinated debt one notch below the bank's National Long-Term Rating.
Any changes in UOB's Long-Term Foreign-Currency IDR would be unlikely to affect UOBT's IDR unless the parent was downgraded by more than a category, as it is currently capped by Thailand's Country Ceiling of 'A-'.
UOBT's National Long-Term Ratings reflect Fitch's view that the bank is a strategically important subsidiary of its Singaporean parent United Overseas Bank Limited (UOB; AA-/Stable).
A downgrade in the National Long-Term Rating of UOBT would lead to a downgrade on its senior debt rating.
UOBT's National Long-Term Rating is at the highest on Thailand's National Rating scale, and hence there is no potential upside.