HeidelbergCement upgraded to ‘BB+’ by Fitch

HeidelbergCement upgraded to ‘BB+’ by Fitch
Published: 09 May 2011

Fitch Ratings raised HeidelbergCement’s long-term Issuer Default Rating (IDR) and the senior unsecured ratings to ‘BB+’ from ‘BB‘.

Fitch highlighted the company’s improved maturity profile and liquidity as well as the view that the stringent execution of cost-cutting programmes and working capital management should allow HeidelbergCement to improve cash flow from operations (CFO) in both 2011 and 2012.

“We are very happy that the successful implementation of our programmes to improve cash flow and reduce net debt is rewarded with another rating upgrade,” says Dr. Bernd Scheifele, CEO of HeidelbergCement. “Therewith we are well on track to regain our investment grade rating which is one notch away.”