Mubasher: Moody's Investors Service has assigned a (P) Baa2 rating to EQUATE Petrochemical Company’s new GMTN programme that is established under MEGlobal Canada ULC, with a ‘Negative’ outlook.
The rating and outlook mirror the previously announced rating and outlook of EQUATE’s long-term issuer, according to a press release on Monday.
This is because the bonds issued under this programme will be “unconditionally and irrevocably guaranteed on a joint and several basis by EQUATE and The Kuwait Olefins Company,” Moody’s said.
It is noteworthy that EQUATE has established the new programme with the aim to undertake a liability management exercise. Proceeds resulting from the planned issuance will be used to repay the $1.9 billion term loan due in 2023.
In addition, the transaction will be leverage neutral and will extend the company's debt maturity profile.
On 3 March 2020, Moody's affirmed EQUATE's Baa2 issuer rating and revised the outlook to negative from stable.