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Image of triple-a bond ratingNovember 1, 2016 new
The nation’s top bond rating agencies have again affirmed Loudoun County’s AAA rating on its general obligation bonds, noting the county’s strong economy and prudent fiscal management practices and policies. Loudoun County has held the Aaa rating from Moody’s since 2004, and AAA from Fitch Ratings and Standard & Poor’s since 2005. 

November 2016 Ratings Reports Highlights

Fitch said the county has:
  • "exceptionally strong operating performance, supported by solid revenue growth and expenditure flexibility, and a modest long-term liability burden."

Standard & Poor's said its rating reflects the county's
  •  "very strong economy with access to a broad and diverse metropolitan statistical area

Moody's said its rating reflects the county's 
  • "sizable, diverse and growing tax base and includes above-average wealth levels, consistently solid financial performance, and a manageable debt burden.

A triple-a bond rating is important to the county government and taxpayers because it helps the county continue to get the best possible interest rates to finance capital projects, saving millions of dollars. 

Past Upgrades and Reaffirmations
  • May 2016 Three major bond rating agencies reaffirm triple-A status. Also, Fitch Ratings upgraded Loudoun County’s rating from AA to AA+ on the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan which goes toward financing the extension of Metro Rail’s Silver Line into Loudoun County.
  • October 2015 Three major bond rating agencies reaffirm triple-A status
  • June 2015 - Three major bond rating agencies reaffirm triple-A status
  • November 2014 - Three major bond rating agencies reaffirm triple-A status
  • May 2014 - Three major bond rating agencies reaffirm triple-A status 
  • November 2013 - Three major bond rating agencies reaffirm triple-A status
  • May 2013 -  Three major bond rating agencies reaffirm triple-A status
  • October 2012 - Three major bond rating agencies reaffirm triple-A status
  • July 2012 - Three major bond rating agencies reaffirm triple-A status
  • June 2011 - Three major bond rating agencies reaffirm triple-A status
  • April 2010 - Three major bond rating agencies reaffirm triple-A status
  • May 2009 - Three major bond rating agencies reaffirm triple-A status
  • March 2009 - Three major bond rating agencies reaffirm triple-A status
  • May 2007 - Three major bond rating agencies reaffirm triple-A status
  • June 2006 - Three major bond rating agencies reaffirm triple-A status
  • December 2005 - Standard and Poor's upgrades Loudoun's bond rating from AA to AAA
  • June 2005 - Fitch Ratings upgrades Loudoun's bond rating from AA to AAA
  • May 2004 - Moody's upgrades Loudoun's bond rating from Aa1 to Aaa
  • April 2001 - Standard and Poor's upgrades Loudoun's bond rating from AA to AA
  • May 2000 - Fitch Ratings upgrades Loudoun's bond rating from AA to AA
  • July 1999 - Moody's upgrades Loudoun's bond rating from Aa2 to Aa1
  • August 1998 - Moody's upgrades Loudoun's bond rating from Aa to Aa2
  • July 1998 - Standard and Poor's upgrades Loudoun's bond rating from AA- to AA
  • July 1989 - Standard and Poor's upgrades Loudoun's bond rating from A to AA-
  • July 1987 - Moody's upgrades Loudoun's bond rating from A1 to Aa

History
In 2005, Loudoun County achieved a full AAA status with the three major bond rating agencies when Standard and Poor's upgraded Loudoun's bond rating to AAA, the agency's highest rating. Standard and Poor's joined Fitch Ratings, which upgraded Loudoun to Triple-A in June 2005, and Moody's, which awarded Loudoun its first Triple-A bond rating in 2004. 

The upgrades reflected the long-term strengthening of Loudoun County's finances as evaluated by three major bond rating agencies - Moody's, Standard and Poor's and Fitch Ratings. 

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