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July 14, 2022

S&P Global Ratings Affirms BAM’s AA Rating and Stable Outlook – July 2022


NEW YORK, July 12, 2022 – S&P Global Ratings has published its full annual report on Build America Mutual and affirmed BAM’s AA rating and Stable outlook, the highest rating S&P assigns to any active bond insurer.

The report recognized BAM’s “excellent capital adequacy with a buffer above its current rating” and “focus on insuring low-risk U.S. public finance issues,” supported by a “proven record of credit discipline.” BAM “has a broad presence across the U.S. and its insured exposure represents the lower risk sectors as measured by S&P Global Ratings’ capital charges,” the agency said in its report.

S&P also commented on current market conditions in the report, noting that year-to-date volatility in the municipal market has driven significant shifts in demand from different classes of investors, and that new-money issuance is up on a year-over-year basis, as municipal issuers accelerate their investments in essential infrastructure. “This bodes well for BAM as bond issues associated with these types of investment have historically had the greatest insured penetration of any municipal sector,” the agency concluded.

The full report can be viewed here.