Fitch Restores Ford Debt to Investment Grade

Citing progress in Ford's finances, Fitch lifts the ratings from junk

   

Ford Motor (NYSE:F) received a boost Tuesday from Fitch Ratings. The global ratings agency upgraded Ford from junk bond status to investment grade, moving the rating from BB+ to BBB-, the first time Ford hasn’t been rated junk since 2005.

“Fitch believes that the work that has been accomplished has put the company in a solid position to withstand the significant cyclical and secular pressures faced by the global auto industry,” Fitch said in a press release.

Two other major rating agencies – Moody’s (NYSE:MCO) and McGraw-Hill‘s (NYSE:MHP) Standard & Poor’s — haven’t changed their ratings yet. Both organizations rate the second-largest U.S. automaker slightly lower than investment grade.

Ford, which was in great trouble just a few years ago, seemed to have turned a corner in late 2006 after Alan Mulally took the helm. Recently, Ford has pushed to sell more compact and midsized cars and get a bigger piece of China’s market.

Investors were quick to respond, buying up Ford newly upgraded debt on the news, The Wall Street Journal reported. Fitch now has a stable outlook on Ford’s debt. F shares were up a fraction (0.25%) in afternoon trading on Tuesday.


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