The ratings agency said its outlook for the long-term IDR is negative.
Fitch said the fine announcement relates to the investigation in the construction glass sector, while another investigation related to automotive glass is ongoing. However, the timing and the size of any potential cash outflow from the latter investigation is presently unknown.
Fitch said it expects that the construction glass fine will represent less than 5 pct of Saint-Gobain's 2007 cash flow from operations, which, overall, is not considered sizeable. However, the negative outlook continues to reflect Fitch's view that the underlying free cash flow margin of 0.9 pct in 2006 is weak for the current ratings.