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December 12, 2012
13:54 EDTDNBFitch sees event risk of LBO of Dun & Bradstreet as near-term credit overhang
Fitch Ratings stated: "Dun & Bradstreet (DNB) has not made any announcements regarding any strategic changes to the company's capital structure or ownership. However, news organizations have recently reported that D&B is no longer pursuing a sale of the company [after] media reports issued in July/August indicated the company was exploring a sale. Fitch believes the event risk of a leveraged buyout of D&B, solicited or unsolicited, will be an overhang on the credit for the near term." Fitch said it believes that a Private Equity sponsor would have to contribute at least $1B in equity to complete an LBO transaction. While this would constitute a substantial investment, PE firms have sufficient capital to make such a sizable contribution, Fitch said. Fitch believes initial unadjusted gross leverage would be high at 7x. New debt of $4B would be sizable and credit markets continue to be volatile, which would likely be one of the largest challenges in completing an LBO, Fitch said.
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