ARLINGTON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The AES Corporation’s (NYSE: AES) credit rating was upgraded one notch by S&P Global Ratings (S&P), to BB+ from BB. The upgrade was a direct result of accelerated debt reduction from asset sale proceeds.
“We are pleased that in recognition of our substantial de-levering, S&P has upgraded our credit rating to BB+. We remain committed to achieving investment grade credit metrics by 2019,” said Tom O’Flynn, AES Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. “Our continued credit improvement should enhance our financial flexibility and improve our equity valuation.”
Today, AES closed the sale of its entire equity interest in its businesses in the Philippines, to SMC Global Power Holdings Corp. (SMC Global Power) for $1.05 billion in proceeds. The sale included AES’ equity interest in the 630 MW Masinloc coal-fired power plant in operation, the 335 MW Masinloc 2 coal-fired power plant under construction and the 10 MW Masinloc energy storage project in operation.
AES will use the proceeds from the sale of its businesses in the Philippines to retire $700 million of the aggregate principal amount of its Senior Unsecured Notes due in 2024 and 2025 that were recently tendered. The remainder of the proceeds will primarily be used to retire approximately $250 million of other Parent debt.
The AES Corporation (NYSE: AES) is a Fortune 200 global power company. We provide affordable, sustainable energy to 15 countries through our diverse portfolio of distribution businesses as well as thermal and renewable generation facilities. Our workforce is committed to operational excellence and meeting the world’s changing power needs. Our 2017 revenues were $11 billion and we own and manage $33 billion in total assets. To learn more, please visit www.aes.com. Follow AES on Twitter @TheAESCorp.
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