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KBRA Assigns AA+ Rating to the Department of Water and Power of the City of Los Angeles Water System Revenue Bonds, 2024 Series A; Outlook is Stable

20 Dec 2023   |   New York


KBRA assigns the long-term rating of AA+ with a Stable Outlook to the Department of Water and Power of the City of Los Angeles (LADWP) Water System Revenue Bonds, 2024 Series A.

Concurrently, KBRA affirms the long-term AA+ rating and Stable Outlook on the Department's outstanding Water System Revenue Bonds.

Key Credit Considerations

The rating was assigned because of the following key credit considerations

Credit Positives

  • Established water system serving one of the largest metropolitan areas in the United States, with a primarily residential customer base and low commercial and industrial rate payer concentration.
  • Rate structure incorporates several pass-through adjustments that effectively decouple revenue generation from changes in customer demand.
  • Water rates remain competitive and affordable, despite having increased annually since 2018 at a compound annual growth rate of 5.2%.

Credit Challenges

  • Existing leverage is high, and further growth is expected with the implementation of the ambitious 2024-2028 Water System CIP, which focuses on enhancing local water supply.
  • The Department’s ability to implement water rate increases may be constrained by Proposition 218.
  • Legal provisions provide for a sum-sufficient rate covenant. However, the Board has directed LADWP to set water rates sufficient to achieve a minimum 1.70x DSC, and coverage has consistently exceeded this threshold in recent years.

Rating Sensitivities

For Upgrade

  • Sustained reduction in Water System leverage and stronger DSC.
  • Favorable progress in addressing infrastructure needs of the Water System.

For Downgrade

  • Sustained decline in DSC or liquidity.
  • Deterioration of economic conditions in the service area leading to reduced rate-setting flexibility

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