Universal Music Group NV Announces Baa1/BBB Long-Term Credit Ratings from Moody’s and S&P

HILVERSUM, Netherlands, May 31, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Universal Music Group NV (“UMG” or the “Company”) today announced that Moody’s Investors Service (“Moody’s”) has assigned a Prime-2 short-term credit rating and a rating Baa1 with stable outlook to UMG and S&P Global Ratings (“S&P”) have assigned the Company a short-term credit rating of A-2 and a long-term credit rating of BBB with stable outlook.

UMG considers these Investment Grade ratings as support for its financing strategy and is committed to maintaining an Investment Grade rating.

Boyd MuirEVP, CFO and Chief Operating Officer of UMG, said: “We are delighted that in the inaugural ratings since our IPO, rating agencies have recognized our strong credit attributes. Both agencies have highlighted our leadership in music industry, top-notch catalog best, recurring and well-diversified revenue streams and low leverage are the primary drivers of these strong ratings.The Baa1/BBB rating assignment is another positive recognition in our early days as an independent, publicly traded company.”

UMG was advised by Bank of America during both credit rating processes.

Full press releases are available on Moody’s and S&P websites.

About Universal Music Group

At Universal Music Group (EURONEXT: UMG), we exist to shape culture through the power of art. UMG is the world leader in music entertainment, with a wide range of businesses active in recorded music, music publishing, merchandising and audiovisual content. Featuring the most comprehensive catalog of recordings and songs across all musical genres, UMG identifies and develops artists and produces and distributes the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful music in the world. Committed to art, innovation and entrepreneurship, UMG fosters the development of services, platforms and business models to expand artistic and business opportunities for our artists and create new experiences for fans. For more information about Universal Music Group NV, visit www.universalmusic.com.


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