New Delhi, Nov 25 (PTI) Fitch Ratings has affirmed Bharti Airtel’s long-term foreign currency Issuer Default Rating (IDR) and senior unsecured rating at ‘BBB-‘.
The outlook on the IDR is negative, Fitch Ratings said in a statement.
Fitch has also affirmed Bharti Airtel International (Netherlands) BV’s senior unsecured guaranteed bonds at ‘BBB-‘ and Network i2i Limited’s subordinated perpetual bond at ‘BB’.
“The negative outlook does not reflect our view of Bharti’s underlying credit profile – which has been improving on strong growth in Indian and African wireless operations – but rather the heightened probability that India’s (BBB-/Negative) Country Ceiling of ‘BBB-‘ could be lowered to ‘BB+’,” the statement said.
“Such an action would constrain Bharti’s IDR and senior issue ratings to BB+,” it added.
Fitch has affirmed Bharti Airtel’s long-term foreign currency IDR and senior unsecured rating at ‘BBB-‘, the statement noted. PTI MBI MBI ANU ANU