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Research Update: Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc.'s Proposed $574 Million Second-Lien Notes Rated 'CCC+'; Ratings Affirmed Oct 10
Standard & Poors, October 2010
The parent holding companies of U.S.-based chemical producers Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc. (MSC; formerly Hexion Specialty Chemicals Inc.) and Momentive Performance Materials Inc. (MPM) have merged. MSC plans to raise $574 million in second-lien secured notes to refinance existing second-lien notes. We are assigning a 'CCC+' issue rating and a recovery rating of '5' to MSC's proposed $574 million second-lien notes. At the same time, we are affirming our 'B-' corporate credit rating on the company. The stable outlook reflects our expectation that MSC's earnings, liquidity, and cash flow will remain at least steady, though our base case is for a modest improvement in earnings in the near term. We also expect management actions will support recently improved leverage credit...
Companies mentioned in this report are: Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc.,Hexion U.S. Finance Corp.,Hexion Nova Scotia Finance ULC,Momentive Performance Materials Inc.
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Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc.,Hexion U.S. Finance Corp.,Hexion Nova Scotia Finance ULC,Momentive Performance Materials Inc.