NEW YORK (Standard & Poor's) April 4, 2003--Standard & Poor's Ratings Services views AES Corp.'s (B+/Negative/--) announcement that it will attempt to issue $1 billion of second-lien notes and use the proceeds to buy back outstanding debt and pay down a portion of its senior secured bank loan as generally neutral for credit. If the transaction is successful, AES will gain more flexibility in executing its deleveraging plans by pushing out maturities and, importantly, meeting its obligation to pay down 50% of its bank facility by November 2004. However, AES still needs to continue to execute on its deleveraging plans and stabilize its dividend stream from its operating subsidiaries in order to stabilize its rating and begin to move it...
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