S&P Revises Outlook Mercer Int'l (MERC) to Positive; Notes Improvement in Liquidity Nov 27, 2015 10:00AM

Standard & Poor's Ratings Services said it revised its outlook on Mercer International Inc (Nasdaq: MERC) to positive from stable.

At the same time, Standard & Poor's affirmed its ratings on Mercer, including its 'B+' long-term corporate credit rating on the company.

"The outlook revision reflects our view that Mercer's liquidity has improved contributing to an increased likelihood that we will upgrade the company over the next 12 months," said Standard & Poor's credit... (continue reading...)

S&P raises rating on Greek lenders Alpha, Eurobank to 'SD' Nov 27, 2015 06:54AM

ATHENS (Reuters) - Standard & Poor's on Friday raised its rating on Greece's Alpha Bank and Eurobank to 'SD' (selective default) from 'D' (default) after the two banks successfully raised funds to plug capital shortfalls revealed in a European Central Bank stress test.

"We understand the banks will not require financial support from the Hellenic Financial Stability Fund (HFSF) to meet their regulatory capital requirements," the ratings agency said.

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S&P Places Boulder Brands (BDBD) on CreditWatch Positive Following Pinnacle Foods (PF) Deal Nov 25, 2015 11:42AM

Standard & Poor's Ratings Services placed its ratings, including its 'B' corporate credit rating, on Boulder Brands Inc. (Nasdaq: BDBD) on CreditWatch with positive implications, meaning that we could either raise or affirm the ratings following the completion of our review.

"The CreditWatch placement follows Pinnacle's announcement that it will be acquiring Boulder Brands," said Standard & Poor's credit analyst Amanda Cusumano.

We believe that Boulder's credit profile... (continue reading...)

Moody's Downgrades EV Energy Partners (EVEP) CFR to 'B2'; Outlook Lowered to Negative Nov 25, 2015 10:09AM

Moody's Investors Service (Moody's) downgraded EV Energy Partners, L.P.'s (Nasdaq: EVEP) Corporate Family Rating (CFR) to B2 from B1, its Probability of Default Rating to B2-PD from B1-PD, and its senior unsecured notes rating to Caa1 from B3. At the same time, Moody's affirmed EVEP's Speculative Grade Liquidity Rating at SGL-3. The rating outlook was changed to negative from stable.

"The downgrade reflects our expectation that EVEP's cash flow metrics will continue to... (continue reading...)

Moody's Places Pinnacle Foods Finance on Watch for Downgrade (PF) (BDBD) Nov 24, 2015 05:14PM

Moody's Investors Service ("Moody's") has placed the Ba3 Corporate Family Rating, Ba3-PD Probability of Default Rating and debt instrument ratings of Pinnacle Foods Finance, LLC ("Pinnacle") under review for downgrade following today's announcement that its parent company, Pinnacle Foods, Inc. (NYSE: PF), has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Boulder Brands, Inc. ("Boulder", B2). The SGL-2 Speculative Grade Liquidity rating is unaffected, subject to Moody's... (continue reading...)

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