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Summary: Energisa S.A.
Standard & Poors, May 2011
The ratings on Brazil-based energy group Energisa S.A. (Energisa) and its subsidiaries Energisa Paraiba - Distribuidora de Energia S.A. (Energisa Para-ba) and Energisa Sergipe - Distribuidora de Energia S.A. (Energisa Sergipe) reflect Energisa's still aggressive financial profile, resulting from high debt leverage and increasing capital spending; weak efficiency metrics at some of its subsidiaries (especially at Energisa Para-ba); and some exposure to currency mismatches because of significant dollar-denominated debt (although 100% hedged). Partly offsetting these negative factors is our expectation that rising electricity demand in Energisa's concession areas will likely lead to higher cash generation and stronger credit metrics. We also factor into our ratings the stable regulatory framework (despite some intermediate term uncertainties as to tariff resets) and Energisa's...
Companies mentioned in this report are: Energisa S.A.
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