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Moody's assigns B1 rating to Catalent's notes offering

23 Sep 2021

New York, September 23, 2021 -- Moody's Investors Service ("Moody's") assigned a B1 rating to Catalent Pharma Solutions, Inc. ("Catalent") proposed $450 million senior unsecured notes due 2030. There are no changes to Catalent's existing ratings including the Ba3 Corporate Family Rating, Ba3-PD Probability of Default Rating, Ba1 senior secured bank credit facility and SGL-1 Speculative Grade Liquidity rating. The outlook remains stable.

Proceeds of the offering together with the recent $450 million term loan will be primarily used to finance the $1 billion acquisition of Bettera Holdings, LLC (announced on August 30, 2021) and pay fees and expenses. While the acquisition will increase Catalent's financial leverage -- a credit negative -- the addition of Bettera will raise the growth and margin profile of Catalent's Softgel and Oral Technologies ("SOT") business, which has faced headwinds since 2020. Further, we expect Catalent's financial leverage to improve from around 4.5x (pro forma for Bettera) to below 4x within 12-18 months based on earnings growth and debt repayment. This incorporates earnings contribution from Bettera.

Assignments:

..Issuer: Catalent Pharma Solutions, Inc.

....Gtd Senior Unsecured Global Notes, Assigned B1 (LGD5)

RATINGS RATIONALE

Catalent's Ba3 Corporate Family Rating is supported by its track record of delivering strong revenue and earnings growth. It also reflects its good size and scale, breadth of service offerings and position as one of the largest contract development and manufacturing organizations (CDMOs) globally. The company also maintains a diversified customer base and commands a large library of patents, know-how, and other intellectual property that raise barriers to entry and enhance margins. Increased outsourcing among its pharma clients and rapid growth in biologics support Moody's expectation for at least high-single digit earnings growth over the next several years. Near term, the COVID-19 pandemic has presented opportunities to Catalent; the company is involved in over 50 programs to develop treatments and vaccines, including with AstraZeneca and Moderna. Catalent is meeting growing demand for its services by expanding capacity. This is supported by a significant increase in capex and an active M&A policy geared towards building positions in the nascent cell and gene therapy industry. However, this strategy will weigh on free cash flow. Further, Moody's expects Catalent to remain acquisitive which could lead to a temporary increase in leverage. The rating also reflects the risks inherent in the contract manufacturing industry, which is highly competitive, and has high reliance on the pharmaceutical industry.

The stable outlook reflects Moody's expectation that leverage will improve over the next 12 to 18 months, and that adjusted debt/EBITDA will generally be maintained in the 3.5x to 4.0x range.

The Speculative Grade Liquidity Rating of SGL-1 reflects Moody's expectation that Catalent's liquidity will remain very good over the next 12 to 18 months. Catalent's liquidity will be supported by a strong cash balance ($953 million as of June 30, 2021) and access to a substantially undrawn $725 million revolving credit facility that expires in May 2024.

Social and governance considerations are material to Catalent's credit profile. Like other providers of services for the pharmaceutical industry, Catalent faces - albeit indirectly - rising exposure to regulatory and legislative efforts aimed at reducing healthcare costs and in particular drug prices and reimbursement rates. These are fueled in part by demographic and societal trends that are pressuring government budgets because of rising healthcare spending. Turning to governance, Catalent has pursued a financial policy and capital allocation policies that balance both creditor and shareholder interests since its IPO in 2014. While it has increased debt to fund acquisitions, it has also issued equity to repay debt, which is credit positive. For example, Catalent issued equity to repay debt in 2018 several months after the Cook acquisition, and more recently funded the acquisition of MaSTherCell through equity.

FACTORS THAT COULD LEAD TO AN UPGRADE OR DOWNGRADE OF THE RATINGS

The ratings could be upgraded if Catalent reduces financial leverage such that its debt to EBITDA is sustained below 3.5 times. Successful integration of acquisitions and organic growth that results in increased scale and improved business line diversity, would also support an upgrade. Improved free cash flow would also support a higher rating.

The ratings could be downgraded if Moody's expects Catalent's financial leverage to be sustained above 4.5 times. The ratings could also be downgraded if Catalent's earnings deteriorate, or if the current elevated capex strategy fails to generate very strong organic revenue growth. The ratings could be downgraded if the company adopts a more aggressive acquisition or shareholder strategy.

Catalent Pharma Solutions, Inc. is a leading contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) company and a global provider of advanced delivery technologies and development and manufacturing solutions for drugs; protein, cell, and gene therapy biologics; and consumer health products. These include the company's formulation, development and manufacturing of softgels and other products for the prescription drug and consumer health industries. The company reported revenue of approximately $4.0 billion in its fiscal year ended June 30, 2021.

The principal methodology used in these ratings was Business and Consumer Service Industry published in October 2016 and available at https://www.moodys.com/researchdocumentcontentpage.aspx?docid=PBC_1037985. Alternatively, please see the Rating Methodologies page on www.moodys.com for a copy of this methodology.

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