Work with ratings agencies, investors and analysts

Despite the volatility on capital markets and heightened geopolitical tension, Russian Railways continued active interaction with ratings agencies, investors and analysts throughout 2014.

The ratings agencies Standard & Poor’s, Moody’s and Fitch affirmed the credit ratings of Russian Railways at the sovereign level of BBB/Baa1/BBB, respectively, at the start of 2014 based on the results of annual meetings. In their reports, the agencies once again emphasised the high quality of work performed by Russian Railways to manage the loan portfolio structure, increase the average maturity of liabilities and maintain sustainable liquidity indicators.

However, as geopolitical tensions intensified, international sanctions were imposed and Russian macroeconomic forecasts worsened, the agencies gradually downgraded the sovereign rating and outlook, which automatically triggered similar decisions with respect to the ratings of a number of quasi-sovereign Russian issuers with the highest credit rating, including Russian Railways. As a result of these ratings actions, by the end of the year the rating of the Russian Federation as well as quasi-sovereign issuers, including Russian Railways, was affirmed at the level of BBB-/Baa2/BBB by Standard & Poor’s, Moody’s and Fitch, respectively.

Russian Railways continued interaction with Russian and foreign financial institutions in 2014.

Given the continued instability on financial markets throughout 2014, the Company’s direct contact and continuous dialogue with existing and potential investors in Russian Railways securities underscores its status as a top-tier issuer with the image of an open and reliable company and is essential for effective work on financial markets.

Investment meetings and conferences
Month Organiser Event
January Standard&Poor’s Implementation of Corporate Rating Criteria (Moscow)
February J.P. Morgan Global Emerging Markets Conference (Miami)
March Global Financial Conferences Bonds & Loans Russia & CIS (Moscow)
March Moscow Exchange Exchange Forum 2014 (Moscow)
May Russian Ministry of Economic Development SPIEF 2014 (St Petersburg)
June UniCredit Bank Russian Corporate Conference (London)
September Singapore Government Russia-Singapore Business Forum (Singapore)
September J.P. Morgan Asia & CEEMEA Emerging Markets Corporate Credit Conference (London)
October VTB Capital “Russia Calling!” Annual Investment Forum (Moscow)
Oct-Nov Standard & Poor’s, Moody’s, Fitch Conference in the format of panel discussions and roundtables (Moscow)
November Vedomosti newspaper Financial Forum (Moscow)
December Russian Railways Investor Day (London, Zurich)
Sovereign credit ratings of the Russian Federation and Russian Railways at the end of 2014
Issuer Agency Rating Outlook
Russian Federation
Standard & Poor’s BBB- on review for downgrade
Fitch BBB negative
Moody’s Baa2 on review for downgrade
Russian Railways
Standard & Poor’s BBB- on review for downgrade
Fitch BBB negative
Moody’s Baa2 on review for downgrade
Russian Railways (standalone) rating
Standard & Poor’s BBB- n/a
Fitch BBB n/a
Moody’s Baa3 n/a