Creditreform Rating amended the corporate issuer rating of BMW AG, BMW Finance N.V. and the rating of the long-term currency (LC) senior unsecured issues from A + / negative to A / negative as part of the monitoring process during the year.
The main reasons for this are the current macroeconomic upheavals, which CRA believes are increasingly the result of the COVID-19-pandemic and could affect the BMW Group to a considerable extent. This is particularly the case considering the temporary plant closings and the associated production stoppages, which can lead to significant sales and earnings losses. The duration of the plant closings is currently not foreseeable. As part of its periodic reviews, CRA examines further negative implications on the net assets-, financial- and earnings position of the BMW Group.