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Gallaher Group 'BBB/A-2' Ratings Put On Watch Positive Re Announced Takeover By Japan Tobacco
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LONDON (Standard & Poor's) Dec. 15, 2006--Standard & Poor's Ratings Services said today it placed its 'BBB' long-term and 'A-2' short-term corporate credit ratings on U.K.-based international tobacco products manufacturer Gallaher Group PLC on CreditWatch with positive implications. This follows the announcement by Japan Tobacco Inc. (JT; AA-/Watch Neg/--) of a recommended cash offer for Gallaher's entire share capital. Should the mostly debt-financed transaction be completed, the resulting group is expected to sustain a more conservative financial profile than Gallaher's current stand-alone position. "The transaction should improve Gallaher's business profile through integration within a more internationally diverse business with complementary brands and market positions," said Standard & Poor's credit analyst Vincent Allilaire. Standard & Poor's aims to resolve the CreditWatch...
Companies mentioned in this report are: Gallaher Group PLC,Japan Tobacco Inc.
Action: On CreditWatch:Positive
Gallaher Group PLC,Japan Tobacco Inc.