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Moody’s Investors Service says that its Asian Liquidity Stress Indicator (Asian LSI) fell to 26.2 per cent in December last year, from 26.4 per cent in November and 30.3 per cent at the end of 2016, signifying an improvement in liquidity for high-yield companies in Asia in December and from the end of 2016.

The Asian LSI measures the percentage of high-yield companies with Moody’s weakest speculative-grade liquidity score of SGL-4 as a proportion of high-yield corporate family ratings. The indicator increases when speculative-grade liquidity deteriorates.
“Although Moody’s Asian LSI reading remained above the long-term average of 23.1 per cent, highlighting ongoing weakness in liquidity for many companies in Asia, the December figure also marks the strongest year-end reading since December 2014,” says Brian Grieser, a Moody’s vice-president and senior credit officer.
The number of rated high-yield companies with Moody’s weakest speculative-grade liquidity score (SGL-4) rose to 39 in 2017 from 37 in 2016. However, the total number of rated high-yield companies increased by 22 per cent to 149 from 122, driving the improvement in the index.

Published : January 10, 2018

By : The Nation