The global corporate speculative-grade default rate from Moodys Investors Service held steady at 2.0% in January, with three defaults during the month including the bankruptcy filing by Caesars Entertainment Operating Co.
In a monthly report issued Monday, the ratings agency stated the trailing 12- month rate rose to 1.8% in January from 1.5% in December after the seven default events during January.
Although its corporate and debt ratings were downgraded last week due to sovereign debt concerns regarding Venezuela, Citgo Petroleum is planning a $2.5 billion debt package through a subsidiary company to finance a distribution to its state-owned parent firm.
Omnicare Inc.'s legal woes will have no immediate impact on its credit rating from Moody's Investors Service, though the latest lawsuit brought by the Department of Justice creates uncertainty about the company's future finances and ability to access debt markets.
The American Bankruptcy Institutes Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11 has released its long-awaited report; it includes a number of proposals that could reduce recoveries for banks and other senior lenders.
Falling crude prices have taken a toll on the speculative-grade oil and gas firms as investors unload their debt. Now analysts are beginning to considering whenor ifthe lower tide will begin to bear on the credit, operations and liquidity of these issuers. So far, the evidence is mixed.
The electronics retailer, which most analysts feel is in an irreversible spiral into bankruptcy, revealed that it received the notice of default from Salus Capital Partners related to a recapitalization agreement with PE rescue specialist Standard General in October.
Jeffrey Sabin was previously co-head of the global financial restructuring group at Bingham McCutchen
Corporate speculative-grade liquidity improved to its best mark in over 18 months, with the Moodys Investors Service Liquidity-Stress Index easing to 3.2% in mid-November from the 3.5% level at the end of October.
Standard & Poors today reported that it expects the trailing 12-month corporate default rate to rise to 2.4% by September 2015, an increase from the September 2014 level but still well below the historical long-term average.
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