Research Update: S&PCORRECT: Cumulus Media 'B' Rating Affirmed, Off CreditWatch; New Credit Facilities Rated; Outlook Positive Sep 11
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- Published: September 2011
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The 'B-' rating reflects our view that Atlanta-based Cumulus Media Inc. could have difficulty maintaining covenant compliance when its leverage covenant is reinstated in March 2011. Leverage, as calculated per the credit agreement, was 8.0x as of March 31, 2010--well above the March 2011 covenant of 6.5x. However, Standard & Poor's Ratings Services believes the company could afford the costs associated with an amendment or waiver, should it need one. Additional key rating considerations include Cumulus' weak long-term fundamentals as a result of competition from alternative media, high leverage, and formidable covenant requirements beginning in early 2011. Cumulus, including its investment in Cumulus Media Partners LLC, is the second-largest radio station group with stations in several large, highly competitive markets,...
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