Our ratings

Rating agency Rating** Outlook Short-term rating Date
Scope Ratings BBB+ stable S-2 June 13, 2017
S&P Global Ratings* BBB stable --- Apr. 27, 2018

* S&P GR, an affiliate of Standard & Poor's Financial Services LLC
** Rating corresponds to the long-term issuer credit rating

Current rating by S&P

Uniper received a long-term issuer credit rating from the rating agency S&P Global Ratings of ‘BBB’. The outlook is stable. S&P had lifted the outlook to positive in April 2017 turning it into an upgrade in April 2018.

The rating upgrade with stable outlook reflects S&P’s view of a reduced risk of a negative impact from a possible change in Uniper’s shareholder structure on the company’s credit quality, in particular its independence, strategy and financial policy. S&P has elevated Uniper’s business risk profile which has been positively affected by recent developments of power prices in Germany and the Nordics, achieved cost savings, renegotiations of gas contracts and the successful sale of the Russian gas-field Yuzhno Russkoye in late 2017.

Uniper has been rated by S&P since May 2016 when it received a BBB- rating with stable outlook. Uniper strives to maintain its comfortable investment grade rating.

Current rating by Scope

Uniper received a long-term corporate rating from Scope Ratings of ‘BBB+’. The outlook is stable. Thereby, Uniper is regarded as a company with an investment grade rating. Scope’s rating assessment reflects the agency’s view on Uniper’s diversified business mix and strong financial risk profile in particular following the sale of Uniper’s participation in the Russian gas-field Yuzhno Russkoye, which is expected to be closed by the end of this year.

In June 2017, Uniper was the first large European energy company to receive a rating from Scope. The rating agency has so far rated several DAX companies.

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Rating history

Rating agency Rating Rating type Outlook Date
S&P Global Ratings BBB Local Currency LT* stable 27/04/2018
S&P Global Ratings BBB Foreign Currency LT* stable 27/04/2018
S&P Global Ratings BBB- Local Currency LT* positive 18/01/2018
S&P Global Ratings BBB- Foreign Currency LT* positive 18/01/2018
S&P Global Ratings BBB- Local Currency LT* positive 22/09/2017
S&P Global Ratings BBB- Foreign Currency LT* positive 22/09/2017
Scope Ratings BBB+ Corporate Rating stable 13/06/2017
Scope Ratings BBB+ Senior Unsecured Debt Rating 13/06/2017
Scope Ratings S-2 Short-Term Rating 13/06/2017
S&P Global Ratings BBB- Local Currency LT* positive 18/04/2017
S&P Global Ratings BBB- Foreign Currency LT* positive 18/04/2017
S&P Global Ratings BBB- Senior unsecured (EUR500 mil 0.125% med-term nts ser 1 due 12/08/2018) 07/12/2016
S&P Global Ratings BBB- Local Currency LT* stable 10/05/2016
S&P Global Ratings BBB- Foreign Currency LT* stable 10/05/2016