FORTUM CORPORATION INVESTOR NEWS ON 29 JULY 2022 AT 21:30 EEST
S&P Global Ratings (S&P) has resolved Fortum’s subsidiary Uniper’s Credit Watch Negative placement by affirming the BBB- long-term credit rating with a negative outlook. On 5 July 2022, S&P placed Fortum’s and Uniper’s credit rating on CreditWatch Negative. According to S&P, Uniper is now considered as a government-related entity with a high likelihood of support.
At the same time, S&P sees Uniper’s stand-alone credit quality to have weakened. The negative outlook reflects S&P’s view that Uniper will continue to operate under an uncertain environment, because of the high volatility surrounding gas flows delivered.
The resolution on the rating by S&P follows the announcement made on 22 July 2022 that Fortum, Uniper and the German government have agreed on a comprehensive stabilisation package to provide financial relief to Uniper. As Germany’s largest importer of natural gas, Uniper has been hit hardest by the curtailments of Russian gas imports, and as a result is under extreme financial pressure.
The confirmation of the investment grade rating of Uniper by S&P is one of the requirements of the stabilisation package. The agreement still requires all applicable regulatory approvals, in particular by the European Commission, as well as an approval by an Extraordinary General Meeting of Uniper.
For further details on the Uniper rating, please see Uniper’s press release as published today.
Ingela Ulfves, VP, IR and Financial Communications
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