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- The agency has always valued the city’s good economic management
Standard&Poor’s (S&P) recently announced that it has upgraded the credit rating of the Barcelona City Council, from ‘BBB’ to ‘BBB+’, maintaining the outlook on its debt at ‘stable’.
The upgrade in Barcelona’s rating came about after the same agency upgraded that of Spain as a whole a few days ago, from ‘BBB/A-2′ to ‘BBB+/A-2′. Standard&Poor’s said that it’s long-term rating for Barcelona is mainly tied to that of Spain.
Although Standard & Poor’s intrinsic rating (specific rating the agency would give Barcelona if it weren’t tied to the sovereign debt of Spain) for the city is higher, the official rating of the Catalan capital is affected by that of the country as a whole.
Traditionally, the agency has valued the city’s good economic management and balanced budget and finances, with ample treasury reserves and unused lines of credit. These facts have led Standard & Poor’s to consider the city’s liquidity as a highly positive factor, showing professional management and a commitment to a balanced budget.