MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Fitch on Thursday became the first major ratings agency to downgrade the debt of Mexican oil company Pemex to “junk” status, in a major setback for President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s plans to revive the struggling state-run firm.
Fitch changed Pemex’s credit rating from investment grade to speculative grade, or “junk”, with a negative outlook, a classification it said would apply to about $80 billion worth of outstanding bonds.
Rating - BB+ - BBB- - Downgrade - Mexico
The new rating of BB+, from BBB-, follows the downgrade of Mexico’s sovereign debt to BBB from BBB+ a day earlier.
A second downgrade by Moody’s, which rates the bonds one notch above junk, could result in as much as $16 billion of forced selling by investors whose mandates stipulate they must hold bonds of investment-grade quality.
Pemex - Debt - Oil - Company - World
Pemex has $106 billion of financial debt, making it the most indebted oil company in the world. Some $85 billion of that debt is...
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