Press Release

DBRS Morningstar Confirms Ratings of Inter Pipeline (Corridor) Inc. at A (low) and R-1 (low) with Stable Trends

June 28, 2021

DBRS Limited (DBRS Morningstar) confirmed the Issuer Rating and Commercial Paper rating of Inter Pipeline (Corridor) Inc. (Corridor or the Company) at A (low) and R-1 (low), respectively. All trends are Stable. Corridor is 100% owned by Inter Pipeline Ltd. (IPL; rated BBB, Under Review with Developing Implications by DBRS Morningstar). The rating confirmations reflect the Company's strong business risk profile and stable financial risk profile.

Corridor’s business risk profile continues to be supported by a cost-of-service-based firm service agreement (FSA) with relatively strong investment-grade shippers that are also the Athabasca Oil Sands Project (AOSP) sponsors: Canadian Natural Resources Limited’s (CNRL; rated BBB (high) with a Stable trend by DBRS Morningstar) owns 70%, including 60% through its affiliate, Canadian Natural Upgrading Limited; Chevron Corporation (Chevron; rated AA with a Stable trend by DBRS Morningstar) owns 20%; and Shell Canada Limited owns 10%. The FSA extends to 2049 and allows recovery of substantially all operating costs, including depreciation, taxes, and financing costs, plus a return on equity on the rate base, which eliminates volume or commodity price risks and provides a steady stream of cash flows.

Crude oil prices have recovered in 2021 due to (1) improving global oil demand as Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) vaccines roll out around the world and (2) production cuts from OPEC and its alliance of key non-OPEC producers, which are reducing the overhang of global oil inventories. As a result, the overall credit profile of the shippers has improved in 2021 with DBRS Morningstar changing the trends on the ratings of CNRL and Chevron to Stable from Negative (see DBRS Morningstar press releases dated June 4, 2021, and April 8, 2021, respectively). The overall credit profile of the shippers will remain strongly investment grade and supportive of the current ratings even in the event of a single-notch downgrade to their credit ratings. Corridor's business risk profile is also supported by ample recoverable bitumen reserves at AOSP and Corridor's position as the sole pipeline with exclusive rights to transport diluted bitumen produced from AOSP. DBRS Morningstar believes that AOSP will remain a key focus asset for the shippers given its low decline rate and ability to generate positive netbacks at low crude oil prices, incentivizing them to use the pipeline.

DBRS Morningstar expects Corridor to maintain a stable financial profile with predictable cash flows supported by the long-term FSA. DBRS Morningstar notes that Corridor has maintained its debt-to-rate base ratio at or around the benchmark criteria of 75% (Q1 2021: 73.1%). The ratings incorporate DBRS Morningstar’s review of the Company’s financial and other relevant information. Corridor has maintained a stable financial profile. Although an upgrade to Corridor’s ratings is unlikely in the near term, the ratings could come under pressure should the credit quality of the shippers deteriorate materially.

A description of how DBRS Morningstar considers ESG factors within the DBRS Morningstar analytical framework can be found in the DBRS Morningstar Criteria: Approach to Environmental, Social, and Governance Risk Factors in Credit Ratings at

All figures are in Canadian dollars unless otherwise noted.

The principal methodologies are Rating Companies in the Pipeline and Diversified Energy Industry (November 19, 2020, and DBRS Morningstar Criteria: Commercial Paper Liquidity Support for Nonbank Issuers (March 9, 2021, which can be found on under Methodologies & Criteria. Other applicable methodologies include DBRS Morningstar Criteria: Approach to Environmental, Social, and Governance Risk Factors in Credit Ratings (February 3, 2021,

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The rated entity or its related entities did participate in the rating process for this rating action. DBRS Morningstar had access to the accounts and other relevant internal documents of the rated entity or its related entities in connection with this rating action.

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