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Gas Natural's Outlook Revised to Stable From Negative Following Reduction of Repsol's Stake May 02 Product Image

Gas Natural's Outlook Revised to Stable From Negative Following Reduction of Repsol's Stake May 02

  • ID: 1712340
  • May 2002
  • Standard & Poors

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  • Gas Natural SDG S.A.
  • Repsol S.A.
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Abstract
PARIS (Standard & Poor's) May 16, 2002--Standard & Poor's said today that it has revised its outlook on Spanish utility Gas Natural SDG, S.A. to stable from negative, after the decision of parent Repsol-YPF S.A. (BBB/Negative/A-3) to reduce its stake in Gas Natural to 24%, from 47%. At the same time, the single-'A'-plus long-term and 'A-1' short-term corporate credit ratings on Gas Natural have been affirmed. "The outlook change reflects reduced interference risk stemming from Repsol-YPF on Gas Natural's credit quality," said Standard & Poor's credit analyst Karl Nietvelt. As a 24% shareholder, Repsol-YPF will no longer be appointing the majority of board members. However, together with Caja de Ahorros y Pensiones de Barcelona (La Caixa; A+/Stable/A-1), Gas Natural's other...

Companies mentioned in this report are:
- Gas Natural SDG S.A.
- Repsol S.A.
- Caja de Ahorros y Pensiones de Barcelona (Unsolicited Ratings)

Action: Outlook Revised

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- Gas Natural SDG S.A.
- Repsol S.A.
- Caja de Ahorros y Pensiones de Barcelona (Unsolicited Ratings)

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