Moody's Investor Service Upgrades BISD Rating
The following is a press release from Moody's Investor Service detailing the District's financial rating.
New York, July 19, 2018 -- Moody's Investors Service has upgraded Beaumont Independent School District, TX's outstanding general obligation unlimited tax bonds to A1 from A3; outlook revised to stable from positive.
The A1 rating reflects the district's financial recovery following a reserve-decimating fraud scandal in 2013 and 2014. The rating incorporates the district's strong management, oversight by the state and greatly improved financial profile which offsets the district's elevated debt burden. The rating also incorporates the district's large and growing tax base heavily reliant on the petrochemical industry and declining enrollment.
The stable outlook reflects the district's transition back to an independent board and their ongoing commitment to maintain reserves at their current level, despite near term headwinds presented by diminished enrollment.
FACTORS THAT COULD LEAD TO AN UPGRADE
- Ability to maintain positive financial trend after transition to local school board from state oversight
- Additional years of surplus operations leading to increased reserves
- Stabilized and improved enrollment trends
FACTORS THAT COULD LEAD TO A DOWNGRADE
- Trend of declining reserves or liquidity
- Increase in the debt or pension burden
- Tax base decline
The bonds are secured by an annual ad valorem tax, levied against all taxable property in the district without legal limitation as to rate or amount.
Beaumont Independent School District operates as an independent school district under the laws of the State of Texas. It is located in Jefferson County (Aa2) about 85 miles east of Houston (Aa3 stable) and 30 miles west of Louisiana (Aa3 stable). The district provides K-12 education services to roughly 18,900 students.
The principal methodology used in these ratings was US Local Government General Obligation Debt published in December 2016. Please see the Rating Methodologies page on www.moodys.com for a copy of this methodology.
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