Research Update: Kl?ckner Outlook Revised To Positive On Improved Financials; Ratings Affirmed
- ID: 1710744
- April 2006
- Standard & Poors
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On April 28, 2006, Standard & Poor's Ratings Services revised its outlook on Germany-based metal distributor Kl-ckner & Co. International GmbH (Kl-ckner) to positive from stable reflecting improved credit protection measures in the fourth quarter of 2005. At the same time, the 'B+' long-term corporate credit rating and the 'B-' subordinated debt rating on Kl-ckner Investment S.C.A.'s -260 million bond, due 2015, were affirmed. The ratings on Kl-ckner reflect its high leverage, relatively low cash generation, and high level of working-capital intensity. They also reflect the competitive and fragmented nature of the metal-distribution industry. At the same time, Standard & Poor's notes Kl-ckner's good customer, product, and geographic diversification and its position as Europe's leading independent metal distributor. With sales...
Companies mentioned in this report are: Kloeckner & Co. S.E.,Corus Group PLC,ThyssenKrupp AG,Arcelor S.A.
Action: Outlook: Positive
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