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Moody's Upgrades Mitel's Corporate Rating to "B2" Standard & Poor's Maintains Corporate Rating at "B"
OTTAWA, Jan. 10, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Mitel® (Nasdaq:MITL) (TSX:MNW), a leading provider of cloud and software-based unified communications and collaboration (UCC) solutions, today announced that Moody's and Standard & Poor's have published their respective ratings of the company's proposed US$355 million term loan. The debt is being issued in conjunction with the company's previously announced acquisition of Aastra Technologies and to refinance existing debt issued by Mitel.
Moody's assigned a "Ba3" rating to the new term debt and upgraded Mitel's corporate family rating, or CFR, to "B2" from "B3" with a "stable" outlook.
Standard & Poor's issued a "B+" rating to the new credit, assigning it a Recovery Rating of "2". The agency corporate rating of "B" on Mitel with a "positive" ratings outlook is unchanged.
Steve Spooner, Chief Financial Officer of Mitel, commented, "We view the ratings issued for our proposed new credit facility as a strong endorsement of the decision to combine Mitel and Aastra to become one of our industry's leading companies. Our ability to integrate quickly and generate the $50 million in synergies we have outlined will enable us to further strengthen the balance sheet of the billion dollar company this merger creates."
Forward Looking Statements
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