CLP Group entities achieved good credit rating result in annual review.
On 26 May 2017, Standard & Poor's ("S&P") upgraded the credit ratings of CLP Holdings and CLP Power Hong Kong to A (from A-) and A+ (from A) respectively with stable outlooks. The rating upgrade is attributed to the strengthening of the Group's financial performance, Castle Peak Power Co. Ltd. ("CAPCO")'s improved capital structure after reclassification of shareholders' advance and CLP Holdings’ disciplined financial policy. S&P considers the new Scheme of Control Agreement can provide CLP Power Hong Kong higher certainty to facilitate long-term capital deployment to meet the Hong Kong Government’s clean energy target. On 6 June 2017, S&P assigned AA- credit rating to CAPCO with stable outlook. This is the first time that CAPCO applies for credit rating. S&P explained that this credit rating reflects its view that CAPCO operates in an open and transparent landscape as a regulated utility, whereby costs are passed through and returns are dictated by the Scheme of Control Agreement.
On 20 December 2017, Moody's affirmed the A2 and A1 credit rating of CLP Holdings and CLP Power Hong Kong respectively with stable outlooks. The credit ratings reflect the large earnings contribution from CLP Power Hong Kong, which will continue to generate predictable cash flow supported by a highly stable regulatory environment, and CLP Group's strong financial profile, well-managed debt maturities, sound liquidity profile and good access to the domestic and international bank and capital markets. On 7 June 2017, Moody’s assigned A1 long-term credit rating to CAPCO with stable outlook. This rating reflects the company’s predictable cash flow, strong financial profile and low-risk business profile underpinned by the Scheme of Control regime.
On 19 November 2017, S&P affirmed EnergyAustralia's BBB+ credit rating with stable outlook. The credit rating reflects S&P's views that EnergyAustralia's long-term fuel supply at the Mount Piper power station is fully secured, and the company's enhanced operational stability and stable plant performance whilst maintaining its position as one of the three largest integrated energy retailers in Australia.