Energetický a průmyslový holding, a.s. has been assigned investment grade ratings from two major rating agencies
29. 8. 2023
Energetický a průmyslový holding, a.s. (“EPH” or “Group”) is proud to become one of very few privately owned Czech based groups (together with CETIN a.s. and EP Infrastructure, a.s.1), which has been assigned with two investment grades, namely from S&P Global Ratings (BBB-) and Fitch Ratings (BBB-), both with a stable outlook.
EPH is a leading European energy group that owns and operates assets in the Czech Republic, the Slovak Republic, Germany, Italy, Ireland, the UK, France, the Netherlands and Switzerland. EPH is a diversified and vertically integrated energy utility covering the complete value chain ranging from highly efficient cogeneration, power and heat generation, natural gas transmission, gas storage, as well as gas, heat and electricity distribution and supply. The scope includes also trading and logistics platforms and gas infrastructure management. The Group employs more than 10,000 people and currently operates a total installed capacity of 14.3 GWe.
EPH principally benefits from (a) a large, diversified and vertically integrated asset base; (b) its stable and predictable highly cash-generative business; (c) focus on regulated, contracted and/or quasi-regulated activities; (d) primary presence in countries of Western Europe, the Czech Republic and Slovakia; and (e) resilience against different risk factors thanks to a negative correlation among the key business segments within the Group.
Pavel Horský, Chief Financial Officer of the Group, commented on the outcome: “We are thrilled to announce that our Group has achieved a significant milestone by obtaining inaugural investment grade ratings. This accomplishment reflects our long-term conservative financial strategy with a defined clear path to energy transition with low complexity CAPEX projects and responsible management. These ratings underscore not only our current financial strength but also our future potential. We are excited about the opportunities that lie ahead and remain committed to sustainable growth and to all our stakeholders.”
In the 2022 financial year, EPH reported EBITDA of EUR 4.3 billion with revenues reaching EUR 37 billion.
Cap Structure Ltd and SMBC Group acted as Ratings Advisors to EPH.
1 CPI Property Group; CTP N.V. and Czech Gas Networks Investments S.à r.l. are also investment grade rated companies with significant assets in the Czech Republic, but with headquarters outside the Czech Republic
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