Ind-Ra upgrades Vedanta’s long-term issuer rating to ‘AA’ with stable outlook

India Ratings and Research (Ind-Ra) on Tuesday said it has upgraded mining giant Vedanta Limited’s long-term issuer rating to ‘AA’ with a stable outlook.

AA-rated instruments are considered to have a high degree of safety regarding timely servicing of financial bonds.

In a statement, the ratings agency said it has ” upgraded Vedanta Limited’s (VDL) long-term issuer rating to ‘IND AA’ from ‘IND AA-‘ and the outlook is stable ”.

The rating upgrade reflects the group’s continuous deleveraging and expectation of an improvement in the consolidated operational cash flow in FY22 and FY23, following a significant increase in operating profitability, led by high metal prices partly offset by raw material input inflation, Ind-Ra said .

It further said Vedanta could achieve an EBITDA of Rs 450 billion in FY22 and FY23, revised from the earlier estimate of Rs 390 billion.

The group has reported an EBITDA of Rs 400 billion in trailing 12 months (TTM) ended December 2021.

VDL is likely to witness a higher-than-expected reduction in the total debt (including parent debt) with clear capital allocation framework focussing only on high return capex, the rating agency said.

Vedanta Limited is a diversified natural resources player, with a significant presence in zinc, oil and gas, copper, aluminum, iron ore and power sectors. VDL generates 90 percent of its consolidated EBITDA from aluminum, zinc and oil and gas businesses.

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