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January 17, 2018

ZF debt repayment sees Moody’s award investment grade

ZF says last year saw it make good progress in paying off debt and meeting sales and earnings targets, with the result credit ratings agency, Moody's classifying the supplier as "investment grade."

ZF says last year saw it make good progress in paying off debt and meeting sales and earnings targets, with the result credit ratings agency, Moody’s classifying the supplier as “investment grade.”

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“Our economic performance, the new rating and our products, in particular, show we deliver what we promise,” said ZF chairman and CFO, Konstantin Sauer.

“The improved rating highlights our solid financial policies and is a milestone in securing financial independence which is firmly anchored into the long-term ZF 2025 Strategy.

“We are making excellent progress in reducing debt that originated from the TRW acquisition in 2015. In fact, progress is faster than expected.”

As in 2016, ZF made significant progress towards reducing its debt load last year. “Lower financial obligations allow our equity ratio to go up,” added Sauer. “At the same time, less debt also allows further growth, for example, through acquisitions and the expansion of our technology.

“We can once again consider acquisitions if they complement our technology portfolio.”

In December 2017, ZF also reduced its debt resulting from the TRW acquisition by repurchasing bonds valuing around US$1.3bn before the end of the normal maturity period.

“In 2017, we made good progress with the TRW integration and at the end of the year we were able to present ourselves as one company internally and externally,” said Sauer.

“Economically, ZF is also pleased with the 2017 results because the company met all the goals it had set for that year, and in some cases, even exceeded them.”

At the 2018 Detroit auto show, ZF is showing its technology portfolio with the themes of electrification and autonomous driving. The supplier is presenting technologies which can enable artificial intelligence and a set of environmental sensors which allow vehicles to drive and park autonomously.

ZF’s ProAI prototype, a central supercomputer which was presented at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2017, supports artificial intelligence and autonomous functions in cars, trucks, buses, agricultural and construction machinery as well as in industrial applications and ships.

ZF plans to issue more precise information on debt reduction, Group earnings and other financial facts and figures at its annual press conference on 22 March in Friedrichshafen, Germany.

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Europe has been identified as one of the most favorable regions for investors, seeing high investment activity in the past year. Most of these investments have been through Debt Offering, valued at close to $700 billion. The region has provided attractive investments in a diverse set of companies. Companies who tend to major themes such Digital Media, Cloud, Artificial Intelligence, E-commerce, and Big Data are recording the highest number of deals, with Digital Media recording close to 2,000 deals. However, GlobalData’s whitepaper offers a full view of the market, analyzing less successful or attractive points of investment as well, examining statistics on Equity Offering investments and PE/VC deals. Understand how government agencies for economies around the world use GlobalData Explorer to:  
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  • Identify the top sectors in the target market attracting the investments
  • For any investment segment, identify the top Investors inside and outside the target economy that are already investing in the Segment
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