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Smurfit Kappa Upgraded To 'BB' On Revised Business Risk, Debt Reduction, And Debt Maturity Extension; Outlook Stable Feb 12
Standard & Poors, February 2012
We believe that Ireland-based paper and packaging producer Smurfit Kappa Group PLC will continue to generate substantial positive free operating cash flow, allowing for adjusted debt reductions, despite macroeconomic uncertainties, and we are revising our assessment of the group's business risk profile to satisfactory from fair. We consider the group's focus on reducing debt and extending its maturity profile as supporting factors for the aggressive financial risk profile. We are raising our long-term corporate credit rating on Smurfit Kappa to 'BB' from 'BB-'. The stable outlook primarily reflects our base-case assumption that Smurfit Kappa's operating performance will not weaken materially despite an uncertain macroeconomic and operating environment. STOCKHOLM (Standard & Poor's) Feb. 13, 2012--Standard & Poor's Ratings Services said today...
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