Relationships with Rating Agencies, Investors and Analysts
Additionally, in order to fully address all agency questions, the Company organised additional triangular meetings with the participation of the Ministry of Economic Development.
Further to these meetings, the agencies prepared reports which confirmed the BBB/Baa1/BBB rating of Russian Railways and marked the most important achievements of the Company in financial stability management in 2013, including the following:
- Implementation of the long-term tariff regulation;
- Conservative financial policy of the Company and considerable increase of the average maturity of the debt portfolio;
- Large-scale programme of cost cutting in 2013-2014 implemented in response to a deteriorating market environment;
- Optimal debt repayment schedule ensuring low refinancing risks.
The analysts noted the strategic importance of the Company for the Russian economy and emphasised the close link between the operating and financial results of the Group and the state of the Russian economy.
Sovereign credit ratings of the Russian Federation and Russian Railways at year-end 2013
|Russian Federation||Standard &Poor’s||BBB||Stable|
|Russian Railways||Standard & Poor’s||BBB||Stable|
Key events organised by Russian Railways in 2013 were Investors’ Days held in December in London and Moscow. These events included a series of meetings with representatives of international and Russian innovation circles during which the Company submitted the most up-to-date information about its activities including its financial reporting and operating results.
Based on the experience of such events conducted by the Company since 2010, this form of interaction with investors is the most efficient and helps to maintain the demand for Russian Railways debt securities.