Vodafone mando surprise: issuer happy with S&P treatment

Standard & Poor’s will not give explicit equity credit to the £3.4bn of mandatorily convertible bonds issued by Vodafone a fortnight ago. But S&P will give some rating benefit, and the UK telecoms company is cheerful about the result. Some bankers believe other issuers will follow suit, writes Jon Hay.

  • By Jon Hay
  • 21 Mar 2019

The extraordinary deal, issued on March 5, is designed to provide ballast to Vodafone’s balance sheet as it pays an €18.4bn enterprise value to take over Unitymedia, the German and central European business of Liberty Global.

Vodafone is anxious to protect its credit ratings by not taking on too ...

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