Moody’s Downgrades Ford’s Credit Rating to Junk

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.

via CNBC

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Alfonso Esparza

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Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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