DBRS Limited (DBRS Morningstar) assigned ratings of BBB with Stable trends to TELUS Corporation’s (TELUS or the Company; rated BBB with a Stable trend by DBRS Morningstar) $850 million 5.75% Series CAK Sustainability-Linked Notes due September 8, 2033; $400 million 5.95% Series CAL Notes due September 8, 2053; and $500 million 5.60% Series CAM Notes due September 9, 2030 (collectively, the Notes). The ratings being assigned are based upon the rating on an already-outstanding series of the above-mentioned debt instrument.
DBRS Morningstar expects TELUS to use the net proceeds for the repayment of outstanding indebtedness, including the repayment of commercial paper (incurred for general working capital purposes) and the reduction of cash amounts outstanding under the Receivables Trust (incurred for working capital purposes), and for other general corporate purposes.
The Notes will be unsecured and unsubordinated obligations of the Company, will rank pari passu in right of payment with all existing and future unsecured and unsubordinated obligations of the Company and will be senior in right of payment to all existing and future subordinated indebtedness of the Company, but will be effectively subordinated to all existing and future obligations of, or guaranteed by, the Company’s subsidiaries.
There were no Environmental/Social/Governance factor(s) that had a significant or relevant effect on the credit analysis.
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DBRS Morningstar applied the following principal methodology:
-- Global Methodology for Rating Companies in the Communications Industry (July 20, 2023; https://www.dbrsmorningstar.com/research/417420)
The following methodologies have also been applied:
-- DBRS Morningstar Global Criteria: Guarantees and Other Forms of Support (March 28, 2023; https://www.dbrsmorningstar.com/research/411694)
-- DBRS Morningstar Global Criteria: Commercial Paper Liquidity Support for Nonbank Issuers (February 24, 2023; https://www.dbrsmorningstar.com/research/410196)
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