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Research Update: Sara Lee Corp. Outlook Revised To Negative; 'BBB+/A-2' Ratings Affirmed Dec 07

  • ID: 1827984
  • December 2007
  • Standard & Poors
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On Dec. 20, 2007, Standard & Poor's Ratings Services revised its rating outlook on Downers Grove, Ill.-based Sara Lee Corp. to negative from stable. At the same time, Standard & Poor's affirmed its ratings on Sara Lee, including the 'BBB+' long-term and 'A-2' short term corporate credit ratings and other ratings on the company. Sara Lee had approximately $4.4 billion in total debt (adjusted for capitalized operating leases, and pension and other postretirement benefit obligations) outstanding as of Sept. 29, 2007. The outlook revision reflects our concerns with regard to the decline in operating performance and margins resulting from higher commodity costs and competitive conditions. Furthermore, credit protection measures remain weak for the current rating and Sara Lee continues to...

Companies mentioned in this report are: Sara Lee Corp.,Earthgrains Co. (The)
Action: Outlook: Negative

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Sara Lee Corp.,Earthgrains Co. (The)

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