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Fitch downgrades Saudi Aramco to 'A' after attacks on oil facilities

Aramco obtained its first credit rating of A+ by Fitch in April ahead of its inaugural public bond issue.

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Saudi Aramco

Fitch on Monday downgraded by one notch after attacks last month on two production facilities, putting the rating of the state-owned oil giant at par with the one of Saudi Arabia, which the agency downgraded on September 30.

Aramco — the world's largest oil company and the most profitable — obtained its first credit rating of A+ by Fitch in April ahead of its inaugural public bond issue.

Fitch said at the time that the company had a higher "standalone credit profile" equivalent to AA+', but that its rating was "capped by that of Saudi Arabia in view of strong linkage between the state and the sovereign".

The downgrade by one notch, from A+ to A, but a stable outlook followed the Sept. 14 attacks on Aramco's oil installations, Fitch said.

First Published: Tue, October 08 2019. 02:10 IST
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