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Summary: SP AusNet Group Oct 08
Standard & Poors, October 2008
The 'A-' long-term rating on Australian utility SP AusNet Group (SP AusNet; A-/Negative/--) benefits modestly from the 51% majority ownership of the group by Singapore Power Ltd. (SP; AA-/Negative/--) and consequential board and senior management control, and the natural-monopoly position of its regulated businesses, which generate stable and predictable cash flow. The 'AA-' rating on SP incorporates substantial uplift from its parent Temasek Holdings Pte. Ltd. (AAA/Stable/--); however, Standard & Poor's Ratings Services does not expect this support to be fully extended to SP's Australian entities. These strengths are partly offset by SP AusNet's aggressive capital structure and some exposure of its energy distribution businesses to volumetric risk. SP AusNet incorporates SPI PowerNet Pty Ltd. (SPI PowerNet; A-/Negative/--), which holds...
Companies mentioned in this report are: SP AusNet Group,SPI Australia Holdings (Partnership) L.P.,SPI PowerNet Pty Ltd.,SPI Electricity & Gas Australia Holdings Pty Ltd.
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SP AusNet Group,SPI Australia Holdings (Partnership) L.P.,SPI PowerNet Pty Ltd.,SPI Electricity & Gas Australia Holdings Pty Ltd.