TEXT - Fitch affirms Pemex Finance Ltd ratings
(The following statement was released by the rating agency) Jan 16 - Fitch Ratings has affirmed the following ratings for the notes issued by Pemex Finance Ltd., a Cayman Islands special purpose company wholly owned by Petroleos Mexicanos S.A. de C.V. (PEMEX): -- Series 1998 9.15% Notes due 2018 at 'A'; -- Series 1999 10.61% Notes due 2017 at 'A'; -- Series 1999 LIBOR+ 3.50% Notes due 2014 at 'A'; -- Series 1999 LIBOR+ 3.25% Notes due 2014 at 'A'. The Rating Outlook remains Stable. The future flow program is backed by the sale of receivables generated by the future sales of Maya crude to designated U.S., Canadian, and Aruban customers. The rating affirmations reflect the credit quality of PEMEX, the strength and importance of PEMEX's export sales of Maya crude to North America and the structure of the note program, which helps to mitigate certain sovereign risks. The affirmations are further supported by the program's strong performance, reflected in a high quarterly debt-service coverage ratio (DSCR) and robust monthly collections. The quarterly DSCR averaged 193.3x during the last eight reported quarterly periods. The program continues to de-lever; as of November 2012 the total outstanding balance is approximately $581.7 million, equivalent to 1.02% of PEMEX's total debt. Fitch considers the amount of PEMEX Finance debt outstanding vis-a-vis PEMEX's overall debt burden to be well within acceptable levels for the assigned rating level. A sovereign report describing the credit rating of Mexico and a full rating report on PEMEX are available on Fitch's website at 'www.fitchratings.com'. (Caryn Trokie, New York Ratings Unit)
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