Standard and Poors upgrades British Airways outlook

Standard and Poors upgrades British Airways outlook

Ratings agency Standard and Poors has upgraded British Airways’s outlook to positive from stable.

It changed BA’s rating after assessing the company’s finances.

S&P said that “profitability was materially above our expectations in 2014 and we expect it to remain strong for 2015-2016”.

But BA’s rating was constrained by the uncertainty surrounding parent company International Airlines Group, and in particular IAG’s proposed takeover of Aer Lingus.

S&P said that ‘the rating on BA remains constrained by the group credit profile of its parent, IAG.

“IAG is currently in discussions to acquire Irish airline Aer Lingus and we are therefore unable to determine the impact of this on IAG’s credit metrics at this time.”

S&P said BA’s risk profile would remain ”fair”, reflecting both the cyclical nature of the air transport industry and the volatility of fuel prices, City A.M. reported.


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