Boeing ratings are moving down
March 17, 2020
Yesterday, S&P Global Ratings lowered issuer credit and unsecured debt ratings to ‘BBB’ from ‘A-‘. The short-term rating of ‘A-2’ was affirmed but placed on CreditWatch with negative implications. The company was downgraded due to the much weaker cash flow expectations for the next two years caused by the 737 MAX grounding.
The Fitch agency placed the Boeing ratings on the list for the reconsideration with a possible downgrade.
If recently Boeing stocks suffered the most, currently, the bond market is warning difficult times for the company. The coronavirus spread has been affecting the market a lot.
-The yield on the company’s bonds rose significantly, especially for bonds with the close maturity date.
-According to the ICE Data Services, the cost to insure the company’s debt against default for five years reached the highest level in 11 years last week.
It's worth mentioning that the plunge in the Boeing bond prices happened not only because of the coronavirus outbreak and the MAX grounding but because of the wide sell-off in triple-B corporate securities. Bonds of investment-grade energy companies such as Apache Corp, and retailers such as Kohl's Corp, and Macy’s Inc suffered a lot.
Company — Boeing
Full nameThe Boeing Company