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Moody's lowers Vedanta Resources rating to 'B3' implying high credit risk

Persistently weak liquidity, high refinancing needs triggers rating action

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Moody's estimates that holdco VRL would have reduced its gross debt by almost $1 billion during the first half (H1) of fiscal 2023

Abhijit Lele Mumbai
Global rating agency Moody’s on Monday downgraded the corporate family rating (CFR) of Vedanta Resources Limited (VRL) from “B2” to “B3”, reflecting high credit risk.

VRL's persistently weak liquidity and high refinancing needs with large, looming debt maturities are a pertinent credit risk, especially amid rising inflation and higher interest rates, Moody’s said.

Kaustubh Chaubal, Senior Vice President, Moody’s, said the rating action reflects rising refinancing pressure as VRL was yet to obtain funding for its large maturities due in April 2023 and Vedanta Resources Finance II Plc's due in May 2023.  

It (arranging finances) was taking longer than Moody's

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First Published: Oct 31 2022 | 10:02 PM IST

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