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Research Update: Russian Operating Holding Sistema 'BB' Rating Affirmed Following Similar Action On Subsidiary; Off Watch; Outlook Stable Feb 12
Standard & Poors, February 2012
We have affirmed our 'BB' rating on Russia-based Mobile TeleSystems (OJSC) (MTS), the strongest subsidiary of operating holding company Sistema (JSFC). We consider the credit quality and corporate governance of Sistema and MTS to be closely linked. We are affirming our rating on Sistema at 'BB' and removing it from CreditWatch negative. The stable outlook reflects our forecast of strong performance at Sistema's two largest subsidiaries, which should help gradually reduce leverage. On Feb. 3, 2012, Standard & Poor's Ratings Services affirmed its 'BB' long-term corporate credit rating on Russian operating holding company Sistema (JSFC). At the same time, the rating was removed from CreditWatch, where it was placed with negative implications on Aug. 2, 2011. The outlook is stable....
Companies mentioned in this report are: Sistema (JSFC),Mobile TeleSystems (OJSC),MTS International Funding Ltd.
Action: Outlook: Stable
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Sistema (JSFC),Mobile TeleSystems (OJSC),MTS International Funding Ltd.