[THE INVESTOR] Korea Investors Service, one of the big three rating agencies here, downgraded the credit ratings of Hanjin Shipping
, Hyundai Merchant Marine and Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering
on June 20.
The agency lowered DSME from BB+ to BB, with its rating outlook also remaining negative.
HMM received a downgrade from A+ to A, citing its continuous deficit, while Hanjin Shipping, struggling container operator who recently sought creditor-led restructuring to avoid bankruptcy, also faced a downgrade from B- to CCC.
Earlier, two other agencies Korea Ratings and NICE Investors Service also lowered their credit assessment of the three major companies.
By Ahn Sung-mi (firstname.lastname@example.org