In January 2013 FEVI's $20 million unsecured committed non-revolving credit facility matured and was not replaced.
In April 2013 FortisBC Electric renegotiated and amended its credit facility agreement resulting in an extension to the maturity of the Company's $150 million unsecured committed revolving credit facility with $100 million now maturing in May 2016 and $50 million now maturing in May 2014. The amended credit facility agreement contains substantially similar terms and conditions as the previous credit facility agreement.
In April 2013 FHI extended its $30 million unsecured committed revolving credit facility to mature in May 2014 from May 2013. The new agreement contains substantially similar terms and conditions as the previous credit facility agreement.
The Corporation and its currently rated utilities target investment-grade credit ratings to maintain capital market access at reasonable interest rates. As at March 31, 2013, the Corporation's credit ratings were as follows:
Standard & Poor's ("S&P") A- (long-term corporate and unsecured debt credit rating)DBRS A (low) (unsecured debt credit rating)
In February 2013 S&P and DBRS affirmed the Corporation's debt credit ratings. The above-noted credit ratings reflect the Corporation's business-risk profile and diversity of its operations, the stand-alone nature and financial separation of each of the regulated subsidiaries of Fortis, management's commitment to maintaining low levels of debt at the holding company level, the Corporation's reasonable credit metrics and its demonstrated ability and continued focus on acquiring and integrating stable regulated utility businesses financed on a conservative basis. The credit ratings also reflect the Corporation's financing plans for the pending acquisition of CH Energy Group and the expected completion of the Waneta Expansion hydroelectric generating facility on time and on budget.
Foreign Exchange Risk
The Corporation's earnings from, and net investment in, foreign subsidiaries are exposed to fluctuations in the US dollar-to-Canadian dollar exchange rate. The Corporation has effectively decreased the above-noted exposure through the use of US dollar borrowings at the corporate level. The foreign exchange gain or loss on the translation of US dollar-denominated interest expense partially offsets the foreign exchange loss or gain on the translation of the Corporation's foreign subsidiaries' earnings, which are denominated in US dollars. The reporting currency of Caribbean Utilities, Fortis Turks and Caicos, FortisUS Energy Corporation and BECOL is the US dollar.
As at March 31, 2013, the Corporation's corporately issued US$557 million (December 31, 2012 - US$557 million) long-term debt had been designated as an effective hedge of the Corporation's foreign net investments. As at March 31, 2013, the Corporation had approximately US$16 million (December 31, 2012 - US$17 million) in foreign net investments remaining to be hedged. Foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations associated with the translation of the Corporation's corporately issued US dollar borrowings designated as effective hedges are recorded in other comprehensive income and serve to help offset unrealized foreign currency exchange gains and losses on the net investments in foreign subsidiaries, which gains and losses are also recorded in other comprehensive income.