DBRS Limited (DBRS Morningstar) assigned a rating of BBB (low) with a Stable trend to Gibson Energy Inc.’s (Gibson or the Company) $650 million Medium-Term Notes (the Notes) offering, comprising $325 million 2.45% Notes due July 14, 2025, and $325 million 2.85% Notes due July 14, 2027. The Company intends to use the net proceeds from the sale of the Notes to redeem its outstanding $600 million 5.25% Senior Unsecured Notes due July 15, 2024; to reduce outstanding indebtedness under its revolving credit facility; and for general corporate purposes. The rating assigned to the Notes is based on the ratings of other already-outstanding series of the Notes of the Company.
Gibson’s ratings are supported by relatively stable and contracted cash flows from the Company’s infrastructure assets, primarily crude oil storage terminals and gathering pipelines, and a strong competitive position. Gibson’s ratings are constrained by earnings volatility in its Marketing segment, lack of geographic diversification, and a high dividend payout ratio.
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