Aroundtown SA announces S&P rating upgrade to 'BBB+' based on strong business profile
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AROUNDTOWN ANNOUNCES S&P RATING UPGRADE TO 'BBB+' BASED ON STRONG BUSINESS PROFILE
07 December 2017.
Standard & Poor's ("S&P") upgraded Aroundtown's long term corporate credit rating to 'BBB+' with a stable outlook from 'BBB' which was assigned in June 2016. The upgrade by one notch also applies to Aroundtown's senior unsecured debt to 'BBB+' and its perpetual notes to 'BBB-'.
The rating upgrade is the result of S&P's assessment of Aroundtown stronger asset profile thus increasing the business profile assessment to strong. The stronger asset profile results from S&P's acknowledgement of Aroundtown's increased portfolio size rising from acquisitions and property improvements, asset diversification, which is well balanced across asset types and regions with long lease structures and a strong and diverse tenant base, generating continuously strong like-for-like rental income growth. S&P has additionally raised their management and governance assessment reflecting Aroundtown's strong established track record consistently executing its announced strategy with a highly experienced management within the real estate industry.About the Company Aroundtown SA (trading symbol: AT1 on the regulated market (Prime Standard) of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange) is a specialist real estate company with a focus on value-add and income generating properties primarily in the German/NL real estate markets. Aroundtown SA (ISIN: LU1673108939) is a public limited liability company (société anonyme) established under the laws of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, registered with the Luxembourg Trade and Companies Register (Registre de Commerce et des Sociétés Luxembourg) under number B217868, having its registered office at 1, Avenue du Bois, L-1251 Luxembourg, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.
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Grand Duchy of Luxembourg Phone: +357 2420 1312 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Internet: www.aroundtownholdings.com ISIN: LU1673108939, XS1508392625, XS1227093611, XS1336607715, XS1403685636, XS1449707055, XS1532877757, XS1540071724, XS1586386739, XS1649193403, XS1634523754 WKN: A2DW8Z, A1871P, A1Z07A, A18V71, A180VY, A1839S, A1899S, A19A2V Indices: SDAX Listed: Regulated Market in Frankfurt (Prime Standard); Regulated Unofficial Market in Berlin, Stuttgart; Luxemburg SDAX End of News DGAP News Service