DBRS Morningstar Confirms Waterloo North Hydro Inc. Rating at A (low) With a Stable TrendUtilities & Independent Power
DBRS Limited (DBRS Morningstar) confirmed the Issuer Rating of Waterloo North Hydro Inc. (Waterloo North or the Company) at A (low) with a Stable trend. The rating reflects the stability of Waterloo North’s electricity distribution business operating under a reasonable regulatory framework in a growing franchise area as well as the Company’s strong financial risk profile. Waterloo North’s rating is one notch lower than its DBRS Morningstar-rated peers in the Ontario electricity distribution sector, largely because of the Company’s above-average refinancing risk. DBRS Morningstar notes that an improvement in the Company’s refinancing risk could result in a positive rating action. Conversely, a negative rating action could occur if key credit metrics fall below the level required to support the rating.
DBRS Morningstar notes that all shareholders of Waterloo North Hydro Inc. and Kitchner-Wilmot Hydro Inc. have approved the proposed merger of the two utilities, which, following Ontario Energy Board approval, is expected to close in 2022. The proposed merger is expected to have a modestly positive impact. Please refer to DBRS Morningstar’s press release dated December 20, 2021.
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