Moody’s raises Skilled Healthcare credit rating

Moody’s raised its corporate family rating on the Foothill Ranch, Calif., company to ‘B1’ from ‘B2.’ It said Skilled Healthcare should be able to generate more free cash over the next year to 18 months, and will use much of that cash to pay down debt. Moody’s also believes demand in the long-term care industry will remain stable.

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The ‘B1’ rating is four notches below investment grade, meaning it is still non-investment grade or “junk” status. Moody’s reduced its outlook on Skilled Healthcare to ‘stable’ from ‘positive,’ meaning it does not expect further upgrades in the near future.

The company said on Tuesday that it is seeking to refinance its senior secured credit facility, which consists of a $260 million term loan and a $135 million revolving loan facility. Skilled Healthcare said it expects to extend the maturity date of its credit facility and modify some of its loan covenants. [Read the full article]

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