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Summary: Watercare Services Ltd. Feb 09
Standard & Poors, February 2009
The ratings on New Zealand water-services provider Watercare Services Ltd. reflect the company's natural-monopoly position and generally stable and strong market demand profile. These strengths are partly offset by a more aggressive and developing, albeit more flexible, pricing regime, and an aggressive financial risk profile. The ratings on Watercare also benefit from moderate uplift due to ownership support from its local council owners, the essential nature of the service the company provides, and the status of the owners as the company's primary customers. This support is demonstrated by the establishment in 2008 of a guarantee of all of Watercare's debt by its major 42% shareholder Auckland City Council (ACC; AA/Stable/A-1+), with future debt covered by the guarantee only if Watercare...
Companies mentioned in this report are: Watercare Services Ltd.
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Watercare Services Ltd.