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      European retailers: inflation, weaker demand underline negative outlook; refinancing risk low

      4/7/2022 Research EN

      European retailers: inflation, weaker demand underline negative outlook; refinancing risk low

      Retailing companies are under pressure to protect profitability and cashflow as resurgent inflation, falling consumer confidence and residual supply-chain bottlenecks are setting back this year’s rebound in household consumption.

      Credit Talk: Oil & gas companies keep capex in check as they confront a cycle like no other

      1/7/2022 Research EN

      Credit Talk: Oil & gas companies keep capex in check as they confront a cycle like no other

      Integrated oil and gas companies would normally be dusting off ambitious expansion plans given the bullish outlook for prices and margins, but the war in Ukraine and regulatory uncertainty is keeping investment in check.

      Scope Ratings proposes new metals and mining corporate rating methodology and calls for comments

      28/6/2022 Research EN

      Scope Ratings proposes new metals and mining corporate rating methodology and calls for comments

      The new methodology is developed specifically for metals and mining companies, containing a new and comprehensive set of business risk drivers.

      ESG Talk: progress but still timing mismatch in EU plans on ESG disclosure

      27/6/2022 Research EN

      ESG Talk: progress but still timing mismatch in EU plans on ESG disclosure

      Inadequate corporate data remains the bugbear in improving disclosure for investors on greenhouse-gas emissions and other sustainability factors which EU regulatory initiatives are making only partial headway in addressing.

      Schuldschein private-debt segment benefits from turmoil on public markets; ESG-linked deals surge

      23/6/2022 Research EN

      Schuldschein private-debt segment benefits from turmoil on public markets; ESG-linked deals surge

      The Schuldschein private-debt market is once more coming into its own at a time of turmoil in public markets, this time with a new twist – a surge in ESG-linked issuance as investors look for comparatively safe and sustainable investments.

      BASF senior unsecured bond 2.6x covered

      22/6/2022 Research EN

      BASF senior unsecured bond 2.6x covered

      BASF SE’s EUR 1.5bn six and10-year senior unsecured offering, pricing today, generated EUR 3.9bn in investor demand. Scope rates BASF on a subscription basis.

      Credit Talk: government intervention risks spoiling utilities’ investment plans, credit quality

      15/6/2022 Research EN

      Credit Talk: government intervention risks spoiling utilities’ investment plans, credit quality

      Europe’s utilities are facing unprecedented pressure to step up capital spending to meet multiple challenges but government intervention to offset soaring energy inflation is complicating their investment and funding decisions.

      Trio of European corporates announce ESG market activities

      7/6/2022 Research EN

      Trio of European corporates announce ESG market activities

      Three European corporates – Iren SpA, Covestro AG and Ørsted A/S – went out today with green bonds or announced calls this week with investors around green and sustainable financing frameworks.

      Credit Talk: chemical sector’s speciality, commodity divide widens on deal-making, inflation

      2/6/2022 Research EN

      Credit Talk: chemical sector’s speciality, commodity divide widens on deal-making, inflation

      Europe’s specialty chemicals suppliers are confronting more difficult market conditions with prices increases and deal making, leaving the pressure from inflation and sanctions on Russia felt more acutely by commodity-exposed companies.

      Scope today proposes an update to its General Corporate Rating Methodology

      1/6/2022 Research EN

      Scope today proposes an update to its General Corporate Rating Methodology

      Scope Ratings today proposes an update of its General Corporate Rating Methodology. The agency calls for comments from market participants by 1 July 2022. The proposed update strengthens, refines and further clarifies Scope’s analytical approach.