Rating agency Rating score (long-term) Rating types Outlook Last update
S&P Global Ratings BBB- Local Currency LT stable 10th May 2016
S&P Global Ratings BBB- Foreign Currency LT stable 10th May 2016

Uniper's current rating

In May 2016, Uniper received a long-term issuer credit rating from the rating agency S&P Global Ratings (S&P, an affiliate of Standard & Poor's Financial Services LLC). Therein, Uniper was rated a stable company with an investment grade rating of "BBB-". The rating already assumes full financial independence from E.ON.

In the mid-term, Uniper strives for a comfortable investment grade rating.

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Solicited ratings

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