Fitch Affirms Ratings on Thermo Fisher (TMO) Amid Move to Acquire FEI Co. (FEIC) May 27, 2016 12:35PM

The acquisition of FEI Company (Nasdaq: FEIC) by Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (NYSE: TMO) for approximately $4.2 billion (net of cash acquired) is in line with Fitch Ratings' expectations. Fitch has reviewed the transaction but is taking no ratings actions.

The acquisition appears to be strategically sound as FEIC's high-end electron microscopes broaden Thermo Fisher's offerings in its analytical instruments segment and present de minimus overlap with Thermo Fisher's... (continue reading...)

S&P Lowers Outlook on Ferrellgas Partners (FGP) to Negative; Ratings Affirmed May 27, 2016 11:33AM

S&P Global Ratings affirmed its 'B+' corporate credit rating on Ferrellgas Partners L.P. (NYSE: FGP) and revised the outlook to negative from stable. We also affirmed our 'B-' rating on the company's senior unsecured debt. The '6' recovery rating on this debt is unchanged, and indicates expectations for negligible recovery (0%-10%) if a payment default occurs.

At the same time, affirmed our 'B+' corporate credit rating on Ferrellgas L.P. and revised the outlook to... (continue reading...)

S&P Revises Assessment of Viacom's (VIAB) Management and Governance to 'Fair'; Outlook Remains Stable May 27, 2016 10:56AM

S&P Global Ratings said it revised its assessment of Viacom Inc.'s (Nasdaq: VIAB) management and governance to fair from satisfactory. At the same time, we affirmed our ratings on Viacom, including the 'BBB-' corporate credit rating. The outlook remains stable.

"In our opinion, by litigating against the Redstone Trust trustees, the company's most senior management representative and a director are not serving and fulfilling their obligations to all of the company's... (continue reading...)

Time (TIME) Downgraded to 'BB-' by S&P; Outlook is Stable May 27, 2016 08:42AM

S&P Global Ratings said it lowered its corporate credit rating on Time Inc. (NYSE: TIME) to 'BB-' from 'BB'. The outlook is stable.

At the same time, we lowered the issue-level rating on the company's senior secured credit facility to 'BB+' from 'BBB-'. The recovery rating on this debt remains '1', indicating our expectation for very high (90% to 100%) recovery in the event of a payment default. We also lowered the issue-level rating on its senior unsecured notes to... (continue reading...)

Fitch Affirms Ratings, Outlook on Computer Sciences (CSC) Amid HP Enterprise Deal May 26, 2016 02:47PM

Fitch Ratings has affirmed the ratings for Computer Sciences Corporation (NYSE: CSC), including the 'BBB' Long-Term Issuer Default Ratings (IDR), on its plan to merge with Hewlett Packard Enterprise's (HPE) information technology (IT) services segment, Enterprise Services (ES). Fitch's actions affect $5.1 billion of total debt, including the undrawn $2.5 billion revolving credit facility (RCF). The Rating Outlook is Stable. A full list of ratings follows at the end of... (continue reading...)

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