Standard and Poor’s has upgraded GRUPO SURA’s credit rating from BBB- to BBB for which it has issued a stable outlook. This upgrade symbolizes the progress that the company continues to make in consolidating its Latin American operations, its sound business performance in various parts of the region as well as the financial robustness of its investments. S&P acknowledged, amongst other factors, the company's flexibility in accessing capital, its robust investment portfolio, and stable incoming dividend flows.
"This upgrade, for which we have issued a stable outlook, mirrors our expectations that GRUPO SURA’s investment portfolio shall continue to provide important streams of dividends, which shall allow the Company to continue with its mid-term growth strategy in various strategic sectors, without this entailing any structural increase in the Company's indebtedness". Statement contained in this latest ratings report issued by Standard and Poor's.
This BBB rating, confirming the company’s sound financial position compared with the highest international standards, was also based, according to the S&P report, on the ING acquisition, currently known as Sura Asset Management, with regard to which, GRUPO SURA managed to reduce its total gross debt within a period of just 12 months while at the same time obtaining an increase of 47% in dividends received during 2012.
"We are very pleased to receive this report announcing an upgrade for GRUPO SURA’s long-term credit rating, since it underscores the Company's sound position. This Triple B rating, with a stable outlook, substantiates GRUPO SURA’s skillful management of its investments. We have handled our finances in a careful and consistent fashion, so as to maintain adequate levels of indebtedness" stated David Bojanini, GRUPO SURA’s Chief Executive Officer.
This report also acknowledged that GRUPO SURA’s investment portfolio is benefiting from the growth opportunities to be had in Latin America, without any need to increase its levels of debt. It also confirmed stable streams of dividends and adequate cash flows going forward.