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Research Update: Hongkong Electric Holdings Ltd., Hongkong Electric Co. Ltd. 'A+' Ratings Affirmed On Completion Of U.K. Acquisition Nov 10
Standard & Poors, November 2010
A consortium including HEH completed the acquisition of U.K electricity distribution assets on Oct. 29, 2010. The acquisition is in line with HEH's stated acquisition strategy. The partly debt-funded acquisition will weaken the credit metrics at both HEH and HEC, but should remain supportive of the current ratings. We affirmed the 'A+' ratings on HEH and HEC, and the 'A+' issue ratings on HEC's guaranteed notes. We removed the ratings from CreditWatch with negative implications. The rating outlooks are stable. On Nov. 10, 2010, Standard & Poor's Ratings Services affirmed its 'A+' long-term corporate credit rating on Hongkong Electric Holdings Ltd. (HEH) and its 100%-owned subsidiary Hongkong Electric Co. Ltd. (HEC). The outlooks on the ratings are stable. At the...
Action: Outlook: Stable
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