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Research Update: Ashland's $3.65 Billion Proposed Financing, For ISP Acquisition, Rated 'BB'; Most Existing Ratings Remain On Watch Neg Jun 11
Standard & Poors, June 2011
Diversified U.S. chemicals manufacturer Ashland plans to acquire International Specialty Products (ISP) for $3.2 billion in cash. Our 'BB+' corporate credit rating and most of our other ratings on Ashland remain on CreditWatch with negative implications pending the completion of the transaction. If the transaction closes as currently structured, we expect to lower the corporate credit rating to 'BB' and assign a stable outlook. We are assigning a 'BB' issue rating and a '3' recovery rating to Ashland's proposed senior secured credit facilities, which it will use to finance part of the transaction. On June 13, 2011, Standard & Poor's Ratings Services assigned its 'BB' senior secured debt rating and a recovery rating of '3' to Ashland's proposed $3.65 billion...
Companies mentioned in this report are: Ashland Inc.,Hercules Inc.
Action: New Rating
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Ashland Inc.,Hercules Inc.