Adnoc assigned AA+ standalone rating by Fitch

Business Wednesday 20/February/2019 13:25 PM
By: Times News Service
Adnoc assigned AA+ standalone rating by Fitch

Muscat: The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) announced on Tuesday that Fitch Ratings (Fitch) has assigned Adnoc Group a standalone credit rating of AA+.
The rating, according to Fitch, highlights the company’s high upstream output and significant reserves, strong profitability, commercially-focused business model, downstream integration and conservative financial profile.
The rating, Fitch said, sits at the upper boundary of the agency’s rating spectrum for all oil and gas companies.
Fitch also assigned a Long-Term Issuer Default Rating (IDR) of AA with a Stable Outlook to Adnoc, in line with the sovereign rating of Abu Dhabi, reflecting Fitch’s assessment of the strong linkages between Adnoc and the Abu Dhabi government.
Both the standalone and Long-Term IDR rating are the highest ratings currently assigned by Fitch for any oil and gas company, globally.
Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State and Adnoc Group CEO said: “Today’s announcement by Fitch, one of the leading, global credit rating agencies, recognises Adnoc’s world-class resources, our strong operating and financial performance, our robust financial profile and our disciplined investment model."
"These best-in-sector ratings also reflect our more open and flexible approach to strategic partnerships and the more efficient and active management of our capital and assets and validate the bold ambitions we have set for Adnoc under our progressive 2030 Strategy," he added.
“These ratings further enhance transparency for all our stakeholders including our shareholder, partners, investors, lenders and employees as we seek to more proactively manage our resources, assets and capital to unlock greater value from every hydrocarbon molecule we produce," he said.
"These high ratings are a testament to Adnoc’s transformation, under the wise guidance of the UAE’s leadership, and the hard work and dedication of our employees who have contributed to the sustained growth of Adnoc since its establishment,” he added.
The new Fitch ratings validate Adnoc’s 2030 smart growth strategy, underpinned by an unwavering commercial focus and performance-led culture. Over the last three years Adnoc’s progressive evolution has been punctuated by a number of significant milestones.