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Fitch anxious over Eutelsat debt

Paris-based satellite operator Eutelsat has successfully raised €600 million in fresh debt. The notes are due for repayment in 2029 and bear an interest rate of 9.75 per cent. Eutelsat says it intends to use the gross proceeds together with cash on hand, to fund the repurchase of its €800 million 2 per cent bonds […]

March 28, 2024

Deutsche Bank downgrades Eutelsat

Deutsche Bank’s (DB) advice to clients holding Eutelsat shares is to ‘SELL’ their stock. Its previous advice was to ‘HOLD’ their shares. DB now says its preferred satellites company within its coverage is Luxembourg-based SES which it rates ‘BUY’. DB says it is concerned over operational delays which it says are weighing on its OneWeb […]

February 12, 2024

Fitch further downgrades Eutelsat debt

Fitch Ratings has taken another look at Eutelsat’s prospects and downgraded the satellite operator to ‘BB-‘ and with an ‘Outlook Negative’ view because of its “OneWeb challenges”, its higher execution risks, and competition for OneWeb from other LEO constellations. Fitch expects Eutelsat to have to borrow more cash to fund the OneWeb expansion plan. Fitch’s […]

February 5, 2024

Viasat’s debt ratings adjusted by Fitch

Fitch Ratings has affirmed satellite operator Viasat and its subsidiaries’ Long-Term Issuer Default Ratings (IDRs) at ‘BB-‘ and removed all ratings from Rating Watch Negative (RWN) – which is good news for the company. Fitch has resolved the RWN as it expects Viasat’s debt leverage to decline and sustain within the current EBITDA leverage sensitivities […]

January 19, 2024

Eutelsat suffers Fitch Ratings downgrade

Eutelsat’s shares hit another all time low on November 23rd, not helped by a downgrade from Fitch. The ratings agency downgraded Eutelsat’s debt to ‘BB’ although stated that the operators outlook was “stable”. However, the news didn’t help Eutelsat’s share price which crashed to €3.77 (from €4) although it finished the day at €3.81. The […]

November 24, 2023By Chris Forrester

Arqiva gets positive Fitch rating

UK-based TV and radio transmission business Arqiva has just borrowed £250 million. Ratings agency Fitch has allocated a classification of ‘BBB’ with an ‘outlook is stable’ qualification. Fitch expects Arqiva’s debt to steadily fall to zero by 2032. The new cash will be used primarily to repay its existing European Investment Bank Loan and institutional […]

June 26, 2023By Chris Forrester

Fitch: Euro telecoms FCF to remain constrained

Free cash flow (FCF) for European telecoms will remain constrained in 2022, according to credit rating agency Fitch’s European Telecoms Watch – 4Q22, with risks to short-term forecasts likely to be low. FCF will remain constrained as capex investments for fibre deployments, 5G mobile networks, spectrum payments and IT overhauls peak during the course of […]

November 1, 2022

Fitch confirms Arqiva’s debts as “stable”

Fitch Ratings has affirmed UK transmission company Arqiva and its Arqiva Financing and Arqiva PP Financing plc’s whole business securitisation bonds at ‘BBB’. It has also affirmed Arqiva Broadcast Finance plc’s high-yield (HY) bonds at ‘B-‘. The Outlooks are Stable, says Fitch. Arqiva enjoys long-term RPI-linked contracts and a monopoly in terrestrial television and radio […]

August 2, 2022By Chris Forrester

Fitch: GES acquisition Neutral for SES rating

SES’s (BBB/Stable) planned acquisition of DRS Global Enterprise Solutions (GES), provider of commercial satellite communications to the US government, will have no impact on SES’s ratings, Fitch Ratings says. SES announced March 21st that it had entered into an agreement with Leonardo DRS, a US subsidiary of Leonardo S.p.A. (BBB-/Stable), to acquire GES for $450 […]

March 24, 2022

Fitch: BBB for SES, B+ for Intelsat

SES has received a favourable review from Fitch Ratings for its borrowings. Fitch says that SES’s long-term debt is rated at ‘BBB’ and its subordinated borrowings are rated at ‘BB+’. Fitch highlights the options that SES will shortly have from the FCC’s next C-band incentive payments of some $3 billion. Sandeep Jalan, CFO at SES, […]

March 14, 2022