DBRS Limited (DBRS Morningstar) assigned a rating of BBB (high) with a Stable trend to Bell Canada’s (Bell Canada or the Company; rated BBB (high) with a Stable trend by DBRS Morningstar) USD 850 million 5.100% Series US-8 Notes due May 11, 2033 (the Notes), which settled on May 11, 2023. The rating being assigned is based upon the rating of an already-outstanding series of the above-mentioned debt instrument.
DBRS Morningstar expects Bell Canada to use the net proceeds from the issuance of the Notes toward the repayment of short-term debt and for other general corporate purposes.
The Notes are unsecured and unsubordinated obligations of Bell Canada and rank pari passu with all other existing and future unsecured and unsubordinated indebtedness of the Company. The Notes are fully and unconditionally guaranteed by BCE Inc. (rated BBB with a Stable trend by DBRS Morningstar).
ENVIRONMENTAL, SOCIAL, GOVERNANCE CONSIDERATIONS
There were no Environmental/Social/Governance factor(s) that had a significant or relevant effect on the credit analysis.
A description of how DBRS Morningstar considers ESG factors within the DBRS Morningstar analytical framework can be found in the DBRS Morningstar Criteria: Approach to Environmental, Social, and Governance Risk Factors in Credit Ratings at https://www.dbrsmorningstar.com/research/373262 (May 17, 2022).
All figures are in Canadian dollars unless otherwise noted.
DBRS Morningstar applied the following principal methodologies:
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