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Marks & Spencer 'BBB/A-2' Ratings Affirmed After Announced Increased Share Buybacks Nov 07 Product Image

Marks & Spencer 'BBB/A-2' Ratings Affirmed After Announced Increased Share Buybacks Nov 07

  • Published: November 2007
  • Standard & Poors

Abstract
LONDON (Standard & Poor's) Nov. 6, 2007--Standard & Poor's Ratings Services has affirmed its 'BBB' long-term and 'A-2' short-term corporate credit ratings on U.K.-based retailer Marks & Spencer PLC (M&S). This follows the group's announcement of a significant increase in its 2008-2009 share buyback program and a consequent rise in future leverage, indicating a more aggressive yet still moderate financial policy. The outlook is stable. "The affirmation reflects that, although nearly all financial flexibility within the ratings is likely to be exhausted, Standard & Poor's considers M&S' business profile to be strong enough to accommodate the increase in leverage," said Standard & Poor's credit analyst Marketa Horkova. "Nevertheless, we would also expect management to take measures to preserve credit quality...

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- Marks & Spencer PLC

Action: Affirmed

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