S&P Lowers Outlook on Valmont Industries (VMI) to Negative; Sees Persistent Headwinds Over Next ~2 Years Aug 28, 2015 02:09PM

Standard & Poor's Ratings Services said it revised its outlook on the corporate credit rating on Valmont Industries (NYSE: VMI) to negative from stable. At the same time, we affirmed our 'BBB+' corporate credit rating on the company and our 'BBB+' issue-level rating on its senior unsecured notes.

"The negative outlook reflects our view that the recent headwinds Valmont has experienced in a number of its end markets will persist over the next 12 to 24 months, which could... (continue reading...)

S&P Affirms Ratings on Phoenix Cos. (PNX); Sees Continuing to Strengthen Weak Financial Profile Aug 28, 2015 11:54AM

Standard & Poor's Ratings Services said that it affirmed its ratings on Phoenix Cos. Inc. (NYSE: PNX)(Phoenix) and its operating subsidiaries (Phoenix Life Insurance Co. [PLIC] and PHL Variable Insurance Co. [PHLVIC]), including our 'B-' long-term counterparty credit rating on Phoenix and our 'B+' long-term counterparty credit and financial strength ratings on its operating subsidiaries. We removed our ratings on PLIC from CreditWatch Developing and our rating on PHLVIC... (continue reading...)

CRH plc (CRH) Ratings Affirmed by Fitch Following Plans to Acquire C.R. Laurence Aug 28, 2015 11:29AM

Fitch Ratings has affirmed Ireland-based building materials company CRH plc's (NYSE: CRH) Long-term Issuer Default Rating (IDR) and senior unsecured rating at 'BBB'. It has also downgraded the Short-term IDR to 'F3' from 'F2'. All ratings have been removed from Rating Watch Negative. The Outlook is Negative. This follows the group's announcement of its agreement to purchase C.R. Laurence Co., Inc (CRL) for a total consideration of USD1.3bn (EUR1.2bn).

The 'BBB' senior... (continue reading...)

Moody's Downgrades ADP's (ADP) Issuer Rating to 'Aa3'; Outlook Stable Aug 28, 2015 11:20AM

Moody's Investors Service ("Moody's") downgraded Automatic Data Processing, Inc.'s (Nasdaq: ADP) Issuer Rating to Aa3 from Aa1. As part of the rating action, Moody's downgraded the senior unsecured rating on a revenue bond backed by ADP to Aa3 from Aa1, and affirmed the company's P-1 Short-term Rating. The rating outlook remains stable.


The downgrade of ADP's ratings follows the company's announcement that it is planning a $2 billion debt issuance with... (continue reading...)

S&P Cuts Halcón Resources (HK) to 'SD' Following Debt Exchange Deal Aug 28, 2015 11:14AM

On Aug. 28, 2015, Standard & Poor's Ratings Services lowered its corporate credit rating on Oklahoma City-based Halcón Resources (NYSE: HK) Corp. to 'SD' (selective default) from 'B-'.

We also lowered the issue-level rating on the company's senior unsecured notes due 2020, 2021, and 2022 to 'D' from 'CCC'. The recovery rating on the senior unsecured notes remains '6', reflecting our expectation of negligible (0% to 10%) recovery in the event of a conventional default.... (continue reading...)

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