Standard & Poor’s has announced an upward revision in its long-term credit rating for Repsol from BBB- to BBB. It has also improved its short-term rating from A-3 to A-2, with both ratings assigned a stable outlook. S&P had already improved its outlook for the Spanish oil major from “stable” to “positive” in July, leaving the door open for a ratings upgrade.
Repsol debt reduction
José Benito de Vega | Moody’s has lifted Repsol’s outlook from negative to stable and confirms long- term debt rating at Baa2. Analysts were expecting this upgrading after Repsol presented a new strategic plan for 2016-2020. In fact, Repsol’s stock price performance has revalued 11%, less than the Ibex, but a lot higher than the Stoxx 600 Oil & Gas (-1%).
If a slowdown started in the Spanish economy for 2017, this would find Spain’s private companies in a healthy situation with regard to their debt: at end-2015, this was below the eurozone average (106.4% of GDP).