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Research Update: Nielsen Holdings N.V. Upgraded To 'BB' Due To Credit Agreement Amendment And Leverage Declines Jan 12
Standard & Poors, January 2012
U.S. media research company Nielsen is amending its credit agreement and pushing out the maturity of the vast majority of its term loans due 2013 maturities to 2017. The company's third-quarter EBITDA growth exceeded our expectations and we believe the company's leverage will be at or below 4.75x soon. We are raising our corporate credit rating on Nielsen to 'BB' from 'BB-' and assigning a 'BB+' rating to the new $1.25 billion senior secured term loan A due 2017. The outlook is stable, reflecting our expectation that the company's leverage will continue to gradually improve and that it will at least maintain its current market positions in key businesses. (Watch the related CreditMatters TV segment titled, "Nielsen Holdings: Improving Maturity...
Companies mentioned in this report are: Nielsen Holdings N.V.,The Nielsen Co. B.V.,Nielsen Finance LLC,Nielsen Finance Co.
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