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Industry Report Card: For Australian Utilities, The Spotlight Turns To Asset Sales And Regulatory Outcomes, As Refinance Risks Moderate May 11 Product Image

Industry Report Card: For Australian Utilities, The Spotlight Turns To Asset Sales And Regulatory Outcomes, As Refinance Risks Moderate May 11

  • ID: 1805972
  • May 2011
  • Region: Australia
  • Standard & Poors

FEATURED COMPANIES

  • AGL Energy Ltd.
  • APT Pipelines Ltd.
  • DUET Group
  • EnergyAustralia Pty Ltd.
  • Ergon Energy Corp. Ltd.
  • LoyVic Pty Ltd.
  • MORE

Abstract
The credit outlook for Australian utilities rated by Standard & Poor's Ratings Services is sound, even though the electricity industry has undergone some significant ownership changes and faces a range of regulatory and refinancing risks. One of the biggest shake-ups for the sector in recent years occurred over the past six months: the privatization of electricity retail assets in New South Wales (NSW), Australia's most-populous state. Although the reorganization has opened up significant opportunities for some players, it has brought heightened competition that we believe threatens the retail sector's short-term margins and profitability. Meantime, recent regulatory outcomeswhile supportive to credit qualitycontinue the trend of allowing materially rising capital expenditure for the country's regulated network businesses. This poses the question of...

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Research Type: Commentary
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- Jemena Ltd.
- United Energy Distribution Pty Ltd.
- Powercor Australia LLC
- The CitiPower Trust
- Envestra Ltd.
- LoyVic Pty Ltd.
- Envestra Victoria Pty Ltd.
- Energy Partnership (Gas) Pty Ltd.
- ETSA Utilities Finance Pty Ltd.
- Ergon Energy Corp. Ltd.
- ElectraNet Pty Ltd.
- Rowville Transmission Facility Pty Ltd.
- Origin Energy Ltd.
- Powerdirect Australia Pty Ltd.
- Snowy Hydro Ltd.
- United Energy Distribution Holdings Pty Ltd.
- DUET Group
- WA Network Holdings Pty Ltd.
- SPI Electricity & Gas Australia Holdings Pty Ltd.
- DBNGP Trust
- DBNGP Finance Co. Pty Ltd.
- EnergyAustralia Pty Ltd.
- EnergyAustralia Holdings Ltd.
- SP AusNet Group
- AGL Hydro Partnership
- AGL Energy Ltd.
- Ergon Energy Queensland Pty Ltd.
- Synergy
- Nexus Australia Management Pty Ltd.
- SGSP (Australia) Assets Pty Ltd.
- APT Pipelines Ltd.

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