Moody's Predicts Greater Polarity in IPP Ratings

Fortnightly Magazine - August 1997
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Moody's Investors Service examines key credit considerations in the evolving independent power production industry in a new report. The report predicts greater polarity in ratings of such companies.

The Haves and the Have-Nots: Access to Capital, Diversified Portfolios says the IPP industry will become dominated by "first-tier" companies that exhibit financial flexibility needed to survive in an increasingly uncertain environment. Such companies will possess diversified assets and ability to generate cash. Moody's said industry consolidation will continue as companies able to develop sound projects and acquisitions acquire organizations without those abilities.

Also, expect IPPs to focus on overseas markets until "the dust settles on the nation's electric restructurings," said William Barry, Moody's vice president and senior credit officer.

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