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Research Update: RWE AG Downgraded To 'A-' On Challenging Business Outlook And Weakening Credit Metrics; Outlook Negative Jun 11
Standard & Poors, June 2011
We are revising our business risk profile assessment on German integrated utility RWE AG to "strong" from "excellent". We consider that RWE's profitability could materially decline in the coming years and that its financial risk profile is also likely to weaken as a result of high investment levels. We are lowering our long-term and short-term ratings on RWE to 'A-' and 'A-2', respectively, and removing all ratings from CreditWatch where they were previously placed with negative implications. The outlook is negative, primarily reflecting our concern that RWE's credit metrics, which we expect to significantly weaken in 2011 and 2012, could remain below our rating guidelines over the longer term. On June 8, 2011, Standard & Poor's Ratings Services lowered its...
Companies mentioned in this report are: RWE AG,RWE Finance B.V.,Essent N.V.,Essent Nederland B.V.
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RWE AG,RWE Finance B.V.,Essent N.V.,Essent Nederland B.V.