May 29, 2013 / 11:39 AM / 6 years ago

S&P raises credit rating on RIL to 'BBB+'

Reliance Industries KG-D6's facility located in Andhra Pradesh is pictured in this undated handout photo. REUTERS/Reliance Industries/Handout

MUMBAI (Reuters) - Ratings agency Standard & Poor’s on Wednesday raised the long term corporate credit rating on Reliance Industries (RELI.NS) to “BBB+” from “BBB”, with a “negative” outlook, it said in a statement.

“Reliance’s articulation of its growth strategy removes the uncertainty regarding the company’s use of its high cash balance,” Standard & Poor’s Credit Analyst Andrew Wong said.

Reliance has outlined plans to spend about $30 billion over the next few years, nearly 75 percent of this in its core energy businesses of refining, petrochemical, and exploration and production (E&P).

The company held cash reserves of about $15 billion at March-end.

S&P said the negative outlook on Reliance reflected the outlook on India’s sovereign credit rating of “BBB-minus” with a “negative” outlook.

Reporting by Prashant Mehra; Editing by Anand Basu

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