Moody's Upgrades Dillard's (DDS) Senior Unsecured Rating to Investment Grade May 27, 2015 02:50PM

Moody's Investors Service upgraded Dillard's (NYSE: DDS) senior unsecured rating to Baa3 from Ba2. The company's Ba1 Corporate Family Rating and Ba1-PD probability of default rating were withdrawn, as well as its SGL-1 Speculative Grade Liquidity rating. The rating outlook is stable. All ratings actions are detailed below.

"The senior unsecured rating upgrade to Baa3 from Ba2 recognizes Dillard's move to an unsecured capital structure and our expectation that the company... (continue reading...)


Moody's Lowers Outlook on Gastar Exploration (GST) to Stable; Corp. Family Rating Affirmed at 'Caa1' May 26, 2015 04:47PM

Moody's Investors Service, ("Moody's") changed Gastar Exploration (NYSE: GST) outlook to stable from positive and affirmed its Caa1 Corporate Family Rating (CFR). Moody's also affirmed Gastar's Caa1-PD Probability of Default, Caa2 senior secured notes rating, and SGL-3 speculative grade liquidity rating.

"The continuing weak commodity price environment is pressuring Gastar's cash flow based metrics and is not allowing it to grow its production meaningfully," said... (continue reading...)


S&P Keeps Charter Communications (CHTR) on CreditWatch Positive Amid Time Warner Cable (TWC) Deal May 26, 2015 01:57PM

Standard & Poor's Ratings Services today said it kept its ratings on Charter Communications (Nasdaq: CHTR), including its 'BB-' corporate credit rating, on CreditWatch, where we placed them with positive implications on March 31, 2015.

All issue-level ratings, including our 'BB+' senior secured issue-level rating and 'BB-' unsecured issue-level rating, remain on CreditWatch with positive implications.

"The continued CreditWatch listing reflects the potential for a... (continue reading...)


Darling Ingredients (DAR) Outlook Lowered to Negative by Moody's May 26, 2015 11:57AM

Moody's Investors Service (Moody's) today affirmed the Corporate Family Rating (CFR) of Darling Ingredients (NYSE: DAR), but changed the rating outlook to negative from stable. Moody's also changed several other of Darling's ratings in connection with the issuance of new debt which changes the overall secured/unsecured mix within the company's capital structure. As such, Moody's upgraded Darling's senior secured bank credit facilities to Ba1 from Ba2 and senior... (continue reading...)


S&P Upgrades L-T Corp. Rating on RPM International (RPM) to 'BBB' on Improving Financial Risk Profile May 26, 2015 11:55AM

Standard & Poor's Ratings Services raised its long-term corporate credit rating on RPM International Inc. to 'BBB' from 'BBB-'. The outlook is stable.

At the same time, we raised our issue-level ratings on the company's existing unsecured debt to 'BBB' from 'BBB-', and assigned a 'BBB' issue-level rating to the company's proposed $250 million senior unsecured notes. We expect that the company will use the proceeds from the notes issuance to reduce outstanding borrowings... (continue reading...)


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