19 October 2016 – Expansión
The ratings agency Moody’s has granted Merlin a Baa2 rating, in other words, investment grade. The agency Standard & Poor’s (S&P) also assigned the Socimi’s debt an investment grade rating in February. Merlin is just a few days away from closing its merger with Metrovacesa, which will result in the creation of the largest real estate asset company in Spain.
This rating represents a boost for Merlin’s plans to return to the capital markets soon with a new bond issue. It placed bonds amounting to €850 million in April.
With this rating from Moody’s, the Socimi has become the highest rated Spanish real estate company. The agency highlighted the position of leadership that the Socimi will have in the Spanish market following its merger with Metrovacesa, as well as the diversity of its assets.
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Translation: Carmel Drake