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November 12, 2012
08:28 EDTJEF, LUKFitch places Jefferies' BBB L-T IDR on Rating Watch Negative
Fitch Ratings has placed Jefferies Group's (JEF) long-term Issuer Default Rating and short-term IDR on Rating Watch Negative. Today's action follows Jefferies' announcement that it has entered into a definitive agreement to merge with Leucadia National Corp. (LUK). Fitch expects to resolve the Rating Watch Negative once the merger is completed in the first quarter of 2013. Assuming the transaction is completed, and absent material credit developments in the interim, the outcome is expected to result in a one-notch downgrade of Jefferies' long-term IDR to 'BBB-' and short-term IDR to 'F3'. The expected one-notch downgrade reflects Fitch's view that after the proposed merger, Jefferies would become much more exposed to the market risk inherent in the other subsidiaries' investments at Leucadia.
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December 16, 2014
07:46 EDTLUKJefferies says pursuing strategic alternatives for Bache business
Jefferies says "As a result of the growth and margin challenges we have recently faced in the Bache business we acquired in mid-2011, we are pursuing strategic alternatives for this business, and discussions with third parties in this regard are already underway. We are focused on the potential combination of Bache with another similar business that improves the combined businesses’ competitive standing and margin. In connection with this, we have reversed the entire $52M in goodwill and $8M of the intangible assets that were both allocated to the Bache business as a function of the purchase accounting that arose upon our 2013 transaction with Leucadia."

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