DBRS Limited (DBRS Morningstar) assigned a rating of BBB (low) with a Stable trend to Ovintiv Inc’s (Ovintiv or the Company; rated BBB (low) with a Stable trend by DBRS Morningstar) USD 600 million 5.650% Senior Notes due May 15, 2025; USD 700 million 5.650% Senior Notes due May 15, 2028; USD 600 million 6.250% Senior Notes due July 15, 2033; and USD 400 million 7.100% Senior Notes due July 15, 2053 (collectively the Notes). The rating being assigned is based upon the rating of an already-outstanding series of the above-mentioned debt instruments.
DBRS Morningstar expects Ovintiv to use the net proceeds from the issuance of the Notes to finance the cash portion of the recently announced acquisition in the Permian Basin and for general corporate purposes.
ENVIRONMENTAL, SOCIAL, GOVERNANCE CONSIDERATIONS
Environmental (E) Factors
DBRS Morningstar considered Carbon and Greenhouse Gas Costs as a relevant Environmental factor, given that compliance with ever-increasing environmental regulations and standards is adding costs for oil and gas producers such as Ovintiv. While Ovintiv's cost of complying with current environmental regulations is not expected to be material, additional environmental regulations could add incremental costs for Ovintiv and the oil and gas industry as a whole.
There were no Social or Governance factors 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/396929 (May 17, 2022).
DBRS Morningstar applied the following principal methodologies:
-- Global Methodology for Rating Companies in the Oil and Gas and Oilfield Services Industries (August 31, 2022) https://www.dbrsmorningstar.com/research/402196
-- DBRS Morningstar Global Criteria: Guarantees and Other Forms of Support (March 28, 2023) https://www.dbrsmorningstar.com/research/411694
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