Standard & Poor's Ratings Services affirmed its 'BBB+' long-term rating on Michigan Higher Education Facilities Authority's series 2002A revenue bonds, issued for Hope College. The outlook is stable. The rating reflects our view of the college's: Stable enrollment trends, with total headcount of 3,230 for fall 2009, about even with fall 2008; Balanced financial performance, as evidenced by the consistent generation of operating surpluses on a full accrual basis, with a small surplus of $334,000 for fiscal 2009; Manageable 5.3% debt burden and no additional long-term debt plans; and Strong leadership and management team. Offsetting credit factors include: Decreased financial resource levels due primarily to investment losses, with low unrestricted resources for the rating category at fiscal-year-end 2009 that were...
Companies mentioned in this report are: Hope Coll,Michigan Hgr Ed Fac Auth
Action: Outlook: Stable
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