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Action items: Fitch, Moody's downgrade SoCalEd, SDG&E on wildfire risks

S&P Global Market Intelligence presents a periodic rundown of selected ratings actions on energy companies. The changes, confined to upgrades, downgrades and changes in outlook, are listed by announcement date in reverse chronological order.

March 14

* Fitch Ratings upgraded the long-term issuer default and senior unsecured ratings of Exelon Corp. to BBB+ from BBB, with a stable outlook.

* The sensitivity of Russian government finances and that of the broader Russian economy to oil prices has diminished, but they still remain vulnerable to a sustained oil market weakness, according to a S&P Global Ratings report.

March 13

* Two days after Fitch Ratings hit Edison International and its utility subsidiary Southern California Edison Co. with a double-notch downgrade over wildfire-related liabilities, it placed three of the world's largest renewable energy projects that sell power exclusively to the utility on "rating watch negative" and downgraded one of them.

* Fitch Ratings placed the BBB- rating of Alta Wind 2010 pass-through trust certificates due 2035 on Rating Watch Negative, mainly driven by Fitch's recent downgrade of Southern California Edison's long-term issuer default rating to BBB-, on Negative Watch.

March 11

* Fitch Ratings downgraded the long-term issuer default ratings of Edison International and Southern California Edison by two notches to BBB- from BBB+, and placed them on Rating Watch Negative.

* Fitch Ratings downgraded San Diego Gas & Electric Co.'s long-term issuer default rating to BBB+ from A- and maintained its negative outlook.

* Moody's revised its outlook on Electric Transmission Texas LLC to negative from stable following its review of the company's updated financial plan.

March 8

* Petróleo Brasileiro SA - Petrobras announced that ratings agency Fitch Ratings raised its stand-alone credit profile, or SCP, to BB+ from BB-.

March 6

* S&P Global Ratings downgraded Texas-based McDermott International Inc. due to expected project losses after a drop in earnings in 2018.

* S&P Global Ratings lowered its ratings on Murray Energy Corp. on the back of the coal producer's looming debt maturities coupled with limited access to credit markets.

March 5

* Moody's downgraded the ratings of San Diego Gas & Electric, citing the Sempra Energy subsidiary's exposure to potential liabilities in connection with California wildfires.

* S&P Global Ratings lowered its issue-level rating to A/A-1 from A+/A-1 on PacifiCorp's $24.4 million of series 1995 environmental improvement revenue bonds due Nov. 1, 2025.

* Moody's downgraded the senior unsecured rating of Edison International to Baa3 from Baa1, and the senior unsecured rating of subsidiary Southern California Edison to Baa2 from A3, both with negative outlooks.

March 4

* Moody's changed the outlook on Enel Américas SA to stable from negative and affirmed its senior unsecured rating at Baa3, following the Chilean company's announcement that it would raise up to $3.5 billion in capital through a rights issue.

March 1

* S&P Global Ratings upgraded the issuer credit rating of Exelon Corp. to BBB+ from BBB, citing the successful execution of its utility-focused growth strategy.