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Summary: Massachusetts Electric Co. Aug 06
Standard & Poors, August 2006
The ratings on Massachusetts Electric Co. reflect the consolidated credit profile of its parent, National Grid USA, which in turn is an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of U.K.-based National Grid PLC (NG). Credit quality is determined in conjunction with that of NG and the National Grid USA affiliates, Narragansett Electric Co., New England Power Co., and Niagara Mohawk Power Corp. The ratings of NG and its subsidiaries are on CreditWatch with negative implications, following NG's confirmation that it has agreed to buy U.S. gas distributor KeySpan Corp. (A/Watch Neg/A-1) for $7.3 billion (-4.2 billion) plus assumed debt. The U.S. expansion is part of NG's strategy to diversify revenue and earnings outside the U.K. Standard & Poor's Ratings Services anticipates lowering...
Companies mentioned in this report are: Massachusetts Electric Co.,Narragansett Electric Co.,National Grid USA,New England Power Co.,Niagara Mohawk Power Corp.
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Massachusetts Electric Co.,Narragansett Electric Co.,National Grid USA,New England Power Co.,Niagara Mohawk Power Corp.