The long-term issuer default ratings of R&G Mortgage, San Juan, Puerto Rico, and its parent company, R&G Financial Corp., have been downgraded from CCC to BB-minus by Fitch Ratings and placed on Rating Watch Negative.In addition, the long-term IDR of R-G Premier Bank has been downgraded from BB-minus to B and placed on Rating Watch Negative. Fitch pointed to R&G's recent news release "detailing uncertainties regarding relationships with certain government agencies and [government-sponsored enterprises], along with uncertainties related to the near-term renewal of two credit facilities." Moreover, the company "indicated the need to take mortgage impairment charges and provisions for construction loans" in the third quarter, Fitch said. In addition, audited financial statements have still not been released, and "financial metrics" presented in regulatory filings for the first half "compare unfavorably" to those of other financial institutions in the BB rating range, Fitch said.

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