Moody’s Investors Service has downgraded Ford’s credit rating to junk status.
The service says it expects weak earnings and cash generation as Ford pursues a costly and lengthy restructuring plan.
Ford responded with a statement saying that its underlying business is strong and its balance sheet is solid.
The rating for Ford’s senior unsecured notes and its corporate family dropped to Ba1, the top rating for debt that’s not investment grade. It had been Baa3, the lowest investment grade rating.
Moody’s says it expects Ford’s restructuring to extend for several years with $11 billion in charges and a $7 billion cash cost.
The ratings service said Ford’s outlook remains stable, but its cash flow and profit margins are below expectations and the performance of peer companies in the auto industry. “These measures are likely to remain weak through the 2020/2021 period including a lengthy period of negative cash flow from the restructuring programs,” Moody’s Senior Vice President of Corporate Finance Bruce Clark wrote in a note to investors Monday.
This article is for general information purposes only. It is not investment advice or a solution to buy or sell securities. Opinions are the authors; not necessarily that of OANDA Corporation or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, officers or directors. Leveraged trading is high risk and not suitable for all. You could lose all of your deposited funds.