- We aim to maintain a minimum rating of a solid A
- Currently no need for medium- to long-term financing thanks to strong cash flow from operating activities
- Unrestricted access to capital markets allows flexible use of attractive financing conditions at any time
We will continue to adhere to our financing principles in 2012. Our goals continue to be securing liquidity at all times, limiting the risks associated with financing and optimizing our cost of capital, possibly even with share buybacks. We aim to maintain at least a solid A rating.
Cash outflows are expected to result from the scheduled repayment of bonds with a total volume equivalent to €2,942 million. In light of our strong cash flow from operating activities as well as our level of cash and cash equivalents, we currently see no concrete need for additional medium- and long-term financing. However, our unrestricted access to the capital markets allows us flexible use of attractive financing for the BASF Group at any time.