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EMEA Speculative-Grade Telcos Are Managing Liquidity So Far, But Nine Show Some Vulnerability In 2008 Jan 08
Standard & Poors, January 2008
Since the crisis hit the U.S. housing and subprime mortgage markets in mid-2007, the global capital markets have been virtually closed and most of the market liquidity and friendly credit terms that prevailed in previous years have dried up. Cash fuels the corporate sector, and its availability in the capital markets is, at present, a rare commodity. How prepared are speculative-grade telecommunications, cable, and satellite operators in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) to withstand these conditions over a prolonged period? How many quarters of denied access to the capital markets would it take to see the first default in the sector? Does Standard & Poor's Ratings Services already envisage a potential liquidity crisis for any of its rated...
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