At RWE, Standard & Poor gave poor power prices, loss-making gas supply contracts and slow progress in a 7 billion-euro ($8.7 billion) disposal program as reasons for the downgrade. Fitch also cut the credit rating of Germany’s second-largest utility today, to A- from A.
German wholesale power for delivery next year has dropped 17 percent this year as the European’s economic crisis cuts regional demand for electricity.
“RWE is in a good position to access the bond market at attractive conditions at all times,” Rolf Pohlig, RWE’s chief financial officer, said in a statement the company published today. “We assume that this will continue to be the case.”
EON didn’t return a call for comment immediately.
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