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Electricit? de France 'AA-/A-1+' Ratings On CreditWatch Negative Re British Energy Group Bid Sep 08
Standard & Poors, September 2008
PARIS (Standard & Poor's) Sept. 25, 2008--Standard & Poor's Ratings Services said today that it has placed its 'AA-/A-1+' long- and short-term ratings on French electricity incumbent Electricit- de France S.A. on CreditWatch with negative implications. The CreditWatch status follows EDF's cash offer for U.K.-based nuclear generator British Energy Group PLC (BE, BB/Watch Pos/--). We do not expect a downgrade of EDF to exceed one notch. Consequently, we have not placed the ratings on EDF's subsidiary, France-based transmission operator RTE EDF Transport S.A. (AA-/Stable/A-1+), on CreditWatch with negative implications. We are prepared to allow a one-notch rating differential between EDF and RTE given the subsidiary's independence from EDF--guaranteed by law--and RTE's specific corporate governance arrangements. Likewise, the CreditWatch status does...
Companies mentioned in this report are: Electricite de France S.A.
Action: On CreditWatch:Negative
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