(The following was released by the rating agency)
MELBOURNE (Standard & Poor's) Oct. 2, 2012--Standard & Poor's Ratings Services said today that it has raised its issue credit rating on Kiwi Capital Securities Ltd.'s NZ$150 million, floating-rate, perpetual callable non-cumulative preference shares to 'BBB-', reflecting a correction in our application of our "Bank Hybrid Capital Methodology And Assumptions" criteria, published Nov. 1, 2011.
The preference shares are now rated two notches below the stand-alone credit profile (SACP) of New Zealand Post Ltd. group (AA-/Negative/A-1+), the parent of Kiwibank Ltd. (AA-/Negative/A-1+), reflecting the correct application of our criteria. The preference shares were previously and erroneously rated 'BB+', or two notches below the SACP of Kiwibank Ltd.
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