S&P places focus on energy merchant liquidity risk

Speaking at today’s Energy Risk conference in Houston Tobias Hsieh, New York-based director of S&P’s utility, energy and project finance group, said that the rating agency’s new framework for analysing liquidity adequacy focuses on liquidity under a combined stressed scenario that incorporates a negative credit event and an adverse market event.

In particular, S&P believes that investment-grade companies should maintain enough liquidity to address a scenario in which there is a crisis of

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