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Research Update: SMART Modular Technologies (WWH) Inc. 'BB-' Rating On CreditWatch Negative Because Of Pending Going-Private Transaction
Standard & Poors, April 2011
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U.S. memory module and solid state drive manufacturer SMART Modular announced it will enter into a going-private transaction with private-equity sponsors Silver Lake Partners and Silver Lake Sumeru in a deal valued at $645 million. The proposed transaction will include a $350 million senior secured credit facility including a $50 million revolving credit facility and a $300 million last-out term loan. We are placing our 'BB-' corporate credit on SMART and our 'BB+' issue-level ratings on the company's senior secured notes on CreditWatch Negative, reflecting prospects for higher leverage. On April 29, 2011, Standard & Poor's Ratings Services placed its ratings on Fremont, Calif.-based SMART Modular Technologies (WWH) Inc., including the 'BB-' corporate credit rating, on CreditWatch with negative implications...
Companies mentioned in this report are: SMART Modular Technologies (WWH) Inc.
Action: On CreditWatch:Negative
SMART Modular Technologies (WWH) Inc.