S&P Lifts Outlook on Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCAU) to Positive; Sees Improving Leverage Over Next Year Jul 30, 2015 12:17PM

Key Points:

  • During the next year, we expect Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (FCA) to completely remove contractual restrictions which limit its access to sizeable cash balances in FCA US LLC (FCA US, formerly Chrysler Group LLC).
  • If this occurs, we forecast potentially stronger leverage metrics, with a ratio of funds from operations (FFO) to adjusted debt of 20%-25% in 2016.
  • We are therefore revising our outlook on FCA and FCA US to positive from stable, and affirming our... (continue reading...)

S&P Lifts Issuer-Level Rating on M/I Homes (MHO) to 'B+'; Raises Outlook to Positive Jul 30, 2015 11:21AM

Standard & Poor's Ratings Services said it affirmed its 'B' corporate credit rating on M/I Homes (NYSE: MHO). We also revised our rating outlook on the company to positive from stable. At the same time, we raised our issue-level rating on the company's senior unsecured notes to 'B+' from 'B'. The recovery rating on the notes is '2', indicating our expectation for substantial (70% to 90%; low end of the range) recovery to creditors in the event of payment default.

Our... (continue reading...)


Moody's Raises Outlook on Verint Systems (VRNT) to Positive; Ratings Affirmed Jul 29, 2015 02:54PM

Moody's Investors Service, ("Moody's") revised Verint Systems' (Nasdaq: VRNT) ratings outlook to positive from stable and affirmed the company's Ba3 corporate family rating and Ba2 ratings on its senior secured debt. The outlook revision is driven by the expectation of organic revenue, EBITDA and cash flow growth and conservative financial policies.

RATINGS RATIONALE

Verint's Ba3 rating reflects the moderately high leverage level (approximately 4.3x at LTM April 30, 2015,... (continue reading...)


S&P Assigns 'AA+' Issuer-Level Rating to Apple's (AAPL) GBP-Denominated Unsecured Notes Jul 29, 2015 02:34PM

Standard & Poor's Ratings Services today assigned its 'AA+' issue-level rating to Apple's (Nasdaq: AAPL) £750 million senior unsecured notes due 2029 and £500 million senior unsecured notes due 2042. The company will use the proceeds from the notes for general corporate purposes, including the repurchase of common stock and payment of dividends. We rate the new notes the same as the corporate credit rating on the company. Our 'AA+' corporate credit rating on Apple is... (continue reading...)


S&P Cuts Philips N.V. (PHG) to 'BBB+'; Notes Weak Operational Performance Jul 28, 2015 02:21PM

Standard & Poor's Ratings Services today lowered its long-term corporate credit and debt issue credit ratings on The Netherlands-based diversified technology group Koninklijke Philips N.V. (NYSE: PHG) to 'BBB+' from 'A-'. The outlook is stable.

We affirmed our 'A-2' short-term rating on the group.

The downgrade reflects Philips' weak operational and financial performance in 2014 due to a moderate decline in its underlying performance and significant incidental charges... (continue reading...)


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