The financing strategy pursues various yet complementary goals: These are centered on ensuring adequate, but also optimized, liquidity at all times, a balanced structure and maturity of debt capital, optimization of financing costs and credit rating maintenance. Our aim is to maintain an ideal level of debt of between around 40% and 45% measured in terms of the loan-to-value ratio key figure.
Thanks to its broad range of equity and debt capital providers and the BBB+/Stable/A-2 long-term corporate credit ratings awarded to our company by S&P, our company has excellent access to the international debt and equity capital markets. This gives us flexible access to capital based on favorable financing conditions at all times, securing Vonovia’s liquidity on a permanent basis.
This comprehensive access to the international debt and equity capital markets gives a German residential real estate company a clear strategic competitive edge. This was recently evident time and again in the context of our acquisitions and the modernization measures that have been implemented. Without fast and free access to the equity and debt capital markets, it would not have been possible to carry out these measures.
The latest acquisitions expose Vonovia to country risks, and it is also exposed to a currency risk due to the acquisition of the stake in Victoria Park in Sweden. The new challenges arising from this have been incorporated into the financing strategy.