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Research Update: Fairfax Media Ltd. Ratings Lowered To 'BB+' As Financial Pressure Mounts; Outlook Stable May 09
Standard & Poors, May 2009
Fairfax's earnings weaken, as advertising market deteriorates We are lowering the ratings on Fairfax by one notch We are assigning a stable rating outlook On May 14, 2009, Standard & Poor's Ratings Services lowered its long-term corporate credit and debt ratings on Fairfax Media Ltd. (Fairfax) to 'BB+' from 'BBB-'. In addition, the rating on Fairfax's stapled preference securities (which attract intermediate equity credit from Standard & Poor's) was lowered to 'B+' from 'BB'. The outlook is stable. The rating on the stapled preference securities has been lowered by two notches, reflecting our rating methodology for hybrid instruments issued by speculative-grade issuers. These rating actions reflect the ongoing deterioration of Fairfax's advertising earnings, which have exhibited a level of cyclicality...
Companies mentioned in this report are: Fairfax Media Ltd.,Fairfax Media Group Finance Pty Ltd.,John Fairfax Publications Pty Ltd.,Fairfax New Zealand Finance Ltd.
Action: Outlook: Stable
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Fairfax Media Ltd.,Fairfax Media Group Finance Pty Ltd.,John Fairfax Publications Pty Ltd.,Fairfax New Zealand Finance Ltd.