Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. (M&M) has been assigned Baa3 foreign currency and local currency Issuer Rating with stable outlook by Moody’s Investors Service, a leading International Credit Rating Agency. With this, M&M is now amongst a very few select Indian corporates who enjoy Investment Grade rating. It may be relevant to note that India’s sovereign rating also stands at Baa3.
The rating reflects M&M’s diversified business profile, leading market position in India, long track record of successful operations, strong corporate governance practices, financial flexibility and conservative financial policies.
Commenting on the development, Mr. Anand Mahindra, Chairman, Mahindra Group, said, “I am delighted about this investment grade rating by Moody’s, which is truly a ‘Rise’ moment for the Mahindra Group. This achievement firmly anchors our Group aspiration to be among the top 50 most admired global brands by 2021. It is the result of our sustained credit profile through 70 years of successful operations, prudent financial policies and strong corporate governance, despite volatile and complex business cycles. The rating is also a validation of the long held faith of our stakeholders in M&M”.
On this occasion, Mr. V.S Parthasarathy, Group CFO, Group CIO & President (Group Finance and M&A), Member of the Group Executive Board, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., said “The Investment Grade rating signifies M&M’s leadership position in India in the UV and Tractor industries, and its strong credit metrics which build resilience and ensure financial flexibility. Moody’s finding that M&M’s credit profile is enhanced by its well diversified business profile, is a vote of confidence in the long term growth vision of the management. I am sure that this rating would firmly place M&M as a worthy destination for global investors.”
M&M already enjoys the highest credit rating of AAA from leading domestic credit rating agencies, CRISIL, India Ratings, ICRA and CARE.