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S&P Global Ratings upgrades KCP&L on strong credit profile

S&P Global Ratings upgraded its ratings on Kansas City Power & Light Co., including the issuer credit rating to A from A-, citing the strength of utility's stand-alone credit profile.

The rating agency also upgraded the Evergy Inc. subsidiary's senior secured notes to A+ from A, its senior unsecured notes to A from A-, its senior unsecured revenue bonds to A/A-1 from A-/A-2 and its commercial paper to A-1 from A-2, with a stable outlook.

The upgrade follows S&P Global Ratings' review of its ratings on Kansas City Power & Light, or KCP&L, under its revised criteria. The review "established that KCP&L is well insulated from parent Evergy Inc., meaning we expect any significant credit stress at Evergy would have a minimal adverse effect on KCP&L's creditworthiness," S&P Global Ratings wrote in an Aug. 7 report.

The stable outlook reflects the rating agency's base-case scenario that the utility will generate sufficient cash flow to maintain financial measures that support adjusted funds from operations to debt of 20% to 22% from 2019 through 2021, which is at the upper end of S&P Global Ratings' significant financial risk profile assessment, the report said.

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