Moody’s affirms the ratings of UAE’s DEWA after IPO announcement

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Tue, 2022-03-29 18:31

RIYADH: The global credit rating agency Moody’s has affirmed the ratings of the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority following the company’s initial public offering announcement. 

The affirmation included Baa2 long-term issuer ratings and Baa2 Baseline Credit Assessment, while the outlook remains stable, it said in a statement. 

Despite the weakening of DEWA’s financial profile after introducing increased leverage and a more consistent and higher dividend payment policy, the authority remains consistent with a Baa2 rating level, Moody’s explained. 

The authority has committed to pay dividends of at least 6.2 billion dirham ($1.6 billion) per year for the next five years, which is over three times the average amount distributed in the past five years — 2 billion dirhams. 

Moody’s added that the listing will improve DEWA’s disclosures and oversight and could lead to a more stable financial policy over time. 

DEWA plans to raise up to $2.2 billion in Dubai’s first-ever IPO of a state-owned entity.

The IPO comes as part of countrywide plans to list ten state-owned companies in a bid to revive activity on its stock market.



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