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Summary: Nicor Gas Co. Dec 11 Product Image

Summary: Nicor Gas Co. Dec 11

  • ID: 2028961
  • December 2011
  • Standard & Poors

Abstract
The Dec. 7, 2010, CreditWatch placement of Nicor Inc. and Nicor Gas Co. followed AGL Resources Inc.'s announcement that it plans to acquire Nicor. AGL plans to fund its $2.4 billion acquisition ($3.1 billion in terms of enterprise value) of Nicor with roughly 40% debt and 60% equity. Based on our calculated pro forma credit metrics, we would expect that the new company's corporate credit rating would be no lower than 'BBB+' when the acquisition closes. Although AGL will fund the transaction with roughly 60% equity, we expect that pro forma credit metrics will be somewhat worse than AGL's current metrics and materially worse than Nicor's. We expect to use a consolidated ratings approach on the new company and will...

Companies mentioned in this report are: Nicor Gas Co.
Action: Review

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