Johannesburg - Electricity utility Eskom has acknowledged
the downgrade in its credit rating by Moody's Investors' Service, and said it
reflected the problems facing the company.
Moody's decreased Eskom's rating by a notch on Monday, to
Baa3 from Baa2. However, Standard & Poors reaffirmed Eskom's rating of
"We have taken note of the rating agencies' analysis of
the challenges facing Eskom," CEO Brian Dames said in a
statement on Wednesday.
"Their comments highlight the electricity industry's
need for regulatory and policy certainty, as well as the need for Eskom to be
financially sustainable," he said.
The ratings indicated that Eskom had adequate capacity for
its commitments, but could be weakened if economic conditions worsened or its
Moody's said its rating decrease was linked to the revision
of the South African Sovereign bond rating on Thursday, as the government's
credit profile directly affected the rating of Eskom.
The credit ratings influence the cost and availability of
its debt, Eskom said.
It was working on a R340bn infrastructure building
programme, for which it already had R180bn of debt on its balance sheet, from
local and international financial markets. This was expected to almost double
in the next six years.
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