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MOODY'S CONFIRMS AMERISOURCEBERGEN'S RATINGS (SR. IMPLIED AT Ba2); UPGRADES SENIOR UNSECURED NOTES TO Ba2 AND SPECULATIVE GRADE LIQUIDITY RATING TO SGL-1 FROM SGL-2; OUTLOOK STABLE

13 Apr 2005
MOODY'S CONFIRMS AMERISOURCEBERGEN'S RATINGS (SR. IMPLIED AT Ba2); UPGRADES SENIOR UNSECURED NOTES TO Ba2 AND SPECULATIVE GRADE LIQUIDITY RATING TO SGL-1 FROM SGL-2; OUTLOOK STABLE

New York, April 13, 2005 -- Moody's Investors Service confirmed AmerisourceBergen Corporation's (ABC's) Ba2 senior implied rating and upgraded the company's senior unsecured notes to Ba2 from Ba3.

Moody's withdrew the B1 rating on January 3, 2005 Amerisource Health Corporation's 5% convertible subordinated notes, following the conversion of substantially all of these notes to equity. Moody's also upgraded ABC's speculative grade liquidity rating to SGL-1 from SGL-2. The rating outlook is stable. This concludes Moody's rating review for possible upgrade that was initiated on December 10, 2004.

The confirmation of ABC's Ba2 senior implied rating is supported by: (1) ABC's unanticipated and reduced earnings and cash flow guidance (excluding one time liquidation benefits) for fiscal year 2005; (2) the likelihood that excess cash generated from recent inventory liquidation will be used for shareholder initiatives; and (3) uncertainty associated with changes in PharMerica reimbursement.

The senior unsecured notes are being upgraded to Ba2 from Ba3 because of the elimination of secured bank debt. As a result, all senior creditors are pari-passu with no preferential standing in the capital structure.

Since mid-December 2004, ABC has lowered guidance two times, due to lack of drug price increases and ongoing reductions in buy opportunities. Despite the fact that ABC had liquidated about $485 million of excess inventory during fiscal 2004, it appears that stricter enforcement of lower inventory levels as outlined under inventory management agreements (IMAs) has resulted in even fewer buy opportunities and lower profitability. Further liquidation of inventory in 2005 should result in another $600-$700 million in one-time cash flow benefits. However, after excluding this one-time benefit, based on new guidance provided in late March 2005, expected operating and free cash flow will decline by about 30% and 50%, respectively, relative to the December 2004 guidance that was used by Moody's when it placed ABC's ratings under review for possible upgrade. Although debt levels have been reduced, this decline in cash flow raises the likelihood that normalized operating and free cash flow to debt metrics will fall within ranges that Moody's believes continue to support a Ba2 rating.

The Ba2 ratings also reflect ABC's high reliance (85% of net earnings) on drug distribution -- a sector that continues to undergo transition due largely to a changing business model. Fee for service contract negotiations appear to be occurring, but the lack of clear incentives on the part of manufacturers to move to fee for service arrangements appear to be prolonging the transition period. In addition, lack of transparency in negotiated contracts make an assessment of the impact difficult. In the meantime, we believe that players in this sector have limited control over key factors affecting their margins in drug distribution.

Further, we believe that the ratings reflect a relatively aggressive posture toward shareholder initiatives. The company recently indicated its intention to accelerate share buybacks under its existing program, which will bring share total buybacks, thus far in fiscal 2005, to the $700 million range. We expect ABC to continue using excess cash generated during the second quarter of fiscal 2005 for either share buybacks (subject to certain indenture restrictions) or acquisitions.

Recent regulations governing the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003 result in uncertainty for PharMerica, ABC's institutional pharmacy division, comprising about 15% of the company's net earnings. The new regulations appear to recognize the value added by institutional pharmacies, and we believe that eliminating the need to negotiate with individual state Medicaid programs could be beneficial to this sector. However, the new regulations introduce the addition of risk-taking Prescription Drug Plans (PDPs), which are likely to be health benefits companies. Under current legislation, we expect that rebates, which are currently negotiated between manufacturers and institutional pharmacies, will be moved to the PDP level. One uncertainty relates to how much leverage and therefore, how much rebate will be retained by the institutional pharmacies.

The stable outlook assumes that despite declining margins and net income, ABC should have enough flexibility in its cash position to continue buying back shares as well as to make a moderate-sized acquisition without significantly leveraging its balance sheet. Fewer buy opportunities should result not only in one-time liquidation benefits, but also less volatile working capital swings. In addition, because of indenture restrictions, ABC will not be able to use all of its excess cash for buybacks immediately.

A key factor limiting upside potential is the likelihood that ABC, along with the rest of the drug distribution sector, will be in a transition period for a minimum of another 12-18 months. Prior to a ratings upgrade, ABC must demonstrate its ability to reverse profitability trends as the company weathers transitions in both its drug distribution and institutional pharmacy businesses. If profits and cash flow return to stronger levels and shareholder initiatives are not likely to result in significant increases in debt, such that operating cash flow and free cash flow to adjusted debt metrics are sustainable in the 20% and 15% range, respectively, the ratings or outlook may be raised.

Given uncertainties facing this sector, should ABC experience further declines in cash flow or raise debt levels, such that operating and free cash flow to adjusted debt metrics were to fall below the 15% and 10% range, respectively, the ratings or outlook could be lowered.

The upgrade of ABC's speculative grade liquidity rating to SGL-1 from SGL-2 recognizes that during the next year, the company will not likely need external sources of liquidity due to the significant one-time boost in operating cash flow. Since the SGL-1 rating takes only a 12-month view of liquidity, we believe the additional flexibility provided by liquidation of inventory outweighs recent declines in net income and normalized free cash flow, providing excellent liquidity over the near term.

Ratings upgraded:

AmerisourceBergen Corporation: Ba2 from Ba3 senior unsecured notes; Ba2 from Ba3 issuer rating; speculative grade liquidity rating to SGL-1 from SGL-2.

Rating confirmed:

AmerisourceBergen Corporation: Ba2 senior implied rating.

Rating withdrawn (January 3, 2005):

Amerisource Health Corporation: B1 5% convertible subordinated notes, due 2007.

AmerisourceBergen Corporation, headquartered in Valley Forge, PA, is one of the nation's leading wholesale distributors of pharmaceutical products and related services.

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