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U.K. OpCos WPD West And East Midlands Downgraded To 'BBB/A-3' On New Owner; New HoldCo Rated 'BBB/A-3'; On Watch Neg Apr 11
Standard & Poors, April 2011
On April 1, 2011, U.S. diversified energy company PPL Corp. completed its acquisition of the two U.K. regulated electricity distribution network operators (DNOs) of E.ON AG. We are lowering our long- and short-term corporate credit ratings on the acquired regulated DNOs to 'BBB/A-3' from 'BBB+/A-2', and keeping them on CreditWatch negative. We are also assigning long- and short-term corporate credit ratings of 'BBB/A-3' to new U.K. holding company PPL WEM Holdings PLC and placing them on CreditWatch negative. The negative CreditWatch placements on all the U.K. entities reflect the negative CreditWatch placement on PPL. LONDON (Standard & Poor's) April 12, 2011--Standard & Poor's Ratings Services said today that it lowered to 'BBB/A-3' from 'BBB+/'A-2' its long-term and short-term corporate credit...
Companies mentioned in this report are: Western Power Distribution (East Midlands) PLC,PPL WW Holdings Ltd.,Western Power Distribution (West Midlands) PLC,PPL WEM Holdings PLC
Action: New Rating
Action: Outlook: Negative
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Western Power Distribution (East Midlands) PLC,PPL WW Holdings Ltd.,Western Power Distribution (West Midlands) PLC,PPL WEM Holdings PLC