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Research Update: Chesapeake Energy Corp. And Affiliates Rating Outlook Revised To Negative; 'BB+' Credit Rating Affirmed Feb 12
Standard & Poors, February 2012
Depressed natural gas prices are having a negative impact on U.S.-based Chesapeake Energy Corp.'s (Chesapeake) operating cash flow. We believe this will increase the company's near-term free cash flow deficit, notwithstanding some planned reduction in capital investment. We are affirming our ratings on Chesapeake ('BB+' corporate credit rating and senior unsecured debt issue rating) and on two affiliates--Chesapeake Oilfield Operating LLC and Chesapeake Midstream Partners L.P. We also revised our rating outlooks to negative from stable. Unless Chesapeake can fund its cash requirements through means that do not entail an increase in financial leverage on an adjusted basis, we could lower the ratings. (Watch the related CreditMatters TV segment titled, "Chesapeake Energy: Weak Natural Gas Prices Fuel Standard & Poor's...
Companies mentioned in this report are: Chesapeake Energy Corp.,Chesapeake Midstream Partners L.P.,Chesapeake Oilfield Operating LLC
Action: Outlook: Negative
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Chesapeake Energy Corp.,Chesapeake Midstream Partners L.P.,Chesapeake Oilfield Operating LLC