Credit investor presentation

A diverse and well-balanced funding strategy

Air Liquide reviews the Group’s financing strategy on a regular basis to provide support to its growth objectives and take into account changes in financial market conditions, all while respecting a credit profile in line with a minimum long term rating of “A” range from Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s. Since the Airgas acquisition in May 2016, Air Liquide’s credit rating by Moody's is affirmed at "A3" with a recently revised outlook to positive. S&P has recently revised upwards its credit rating of the Group to "A" with a stable outlook.

Air Liquide’s financing principles

Our financing strategy consists in the following principles:

  • Diversification of funding sources and debt maturities to minimize refinancing risk
  • Backing of commercial paper issues with solid lines of credit
  • Hedging of interest rate risks to ensure visibility of funding costs in line with long-term investment decisions
  • Funding investments in the currency of operating cash flows to ensure a natural foreign exchange hedge
  • Centralizing excess cash through Air Liquide Finance, a wholly owned entity of Air Liquide S.A.

€10.448M Net debt 2021

€12.695M Gross debt 2021

47.5% Gearing ratio

89% Financial market debt

A well balanced mix of funding sources and maturities

Air Liquide diversifies its financing sources by accessing various debt markets. In the long run, the Group funds itself with bond issues, usually through its Euro Medium-Term Notes programme (EMTN), targeting European, American, as well as Chinese markets. Over the short term, Air Liquide has recourse to Negotiable European Commercial Paper (NEU CP) and US Commercial Paper. The Group has also access to a Syndicated Credit Facility and several bilateral credit facilities with the Group’s core banking partners for general corporate purposes.

In certain special circumstances, (for instance: regulatory constraints, high country risk or partnership), the Group reduces its exposure by setting up a specific funding for its subsidiaries with local bank market.

Air Liquide diversifies its funding sources and spreads maturities over several years to minimize refinancing risks related to debt repayment schedules.

Additionally, the Group’s operations generate a regular cash flow that helps to reduce these risks.

At the end of 2021, the average maturity of the Group's debt was 6 years, slightly higher than the 2020 level.