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BARLOWORLD LIMITED - Credit Ratings Update - BIBAW

08 November 2019 - 15:15 PM
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Credit Ratings Update - BIBAW

Barloworld Limited
(Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa)
(Registration number 1918/000095/06)
(Bond issuer code: BIBAW)
(Barloworld or the group)


On 7 November 2019, Moodys affirmed Barloworld Limiteds (Barloworld) long-term Global Scale Ratings
of Baa3, and long-term National Scale Ratings of Aa1.za, however announced that the outlook on the ratings
of Barloworld had changed from stable to negative following the change of outlook on the Baa3 sovereign
rating of South Africa.

Moodys reported that with close to 75% of revenue and operating profit derived from South Africa,
Barloworld is intrinsically linked to the macro environment of South Africa and thus an upgrade is unlikely
unless the South African government bond rating is also upgraded.

In our view, Barloworlds earnings potential is not solely linked to South Africa with our offshore investments
providing some geographic diversification. We have a robust strategy (fix, optimize and grow) in place,
including a group-wide business transformation initiative, that is expected to deliver incremental value in spite
of the macroeconomic dynamics.

The full Moodys rating report on Barloworld will be available online at

Further details are available on Moodys website or their press release.

08 November 2019

Debt Sponsor
Absa Bank Limited (acting through its Corporate and Investment Bank division)

Date: 08/11/2019 04:15:00
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