Moody’s: Port of Oakland’s Bond Ratings Up, Outlook Stable

The bond ratings and assigned ratings of California’s port of Oakland have been upgraded on an upcoming series of refunding revenue bonds, according to Moody’s ratings agency.

The upgrades, announced June 9, include USD 656 million of senior lien bonds to A1 from A2, USD 324 million of intermediate lien bonds to A2 from A3, and a subordinate lien bank note rating to A3 from Baa1.

Moody’s said that it has assigned an A2 rating to the port’s USD 260 million intermediate lien refunding bonds, series 2017 (DEFG), adding that the port’s outlook is stable.

“The upgrades reflect significant improvement in the port’s credit profile, driven by a long-term and ongoing deleveraging; strengthened activity levels in its two principal business lines; improved debt service coverage ratios (DSCRs) and a materially improved cash position,” according to the ratings agency.

Moody’s added that the stable outlook reflects the expectation of stability in air passenger traffic and marine cargo volume, ongoing vitality in the regional economy, and manageable risk in the maritime division due to the landlord model employed, which will support financial stability through a period of operational transition and potential short term revenue volatility.

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