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Rating Action:

Moody's assigns Ba2 to Cablevision's new $1.5 billion senior unsecured guaranteed notes; downgrades unsecured notes to B3 following refinancing

24 Jan 2019

New York, January 24, 2019 -- Moody's Investors Service ("Moody's") has assigned a Ba2 rating to Cablevision Systems Corporation's (Cablevision) new $1.5 billion senior unsecured guaranteed notes (due 2029) issued by CSC Holdings, LLC. Proceeds from the new notes will be used to fully repay the 8.625% unsecured notes due February 2019 and partially call the 10.125% unsecured notes due 2023, both held at CSC Holdings, LLC. The ratings on the notes to be repaid, will be withdrawn upon close. As a result of this shift in the capital structure to more senior priority debt, Moody's has downgraded the existing unsecured Notes held at CSC Holdings, LLC to B3, from B2, with the recovery rate of these instruments expected to be lower. Moody's has also affirmed all other instrument ratings including the existing Ba2 senior unsecured guaranteed notes, Ba2 senior secured bank credit facility, held at CSC Holdings, LLC as well as the B3 senior unsecured notes held at Cablevision Systems Corporation which now have a higher expected loss rate despite ratings equalization with the unsecured notes held at CSC Holdings, LLC. If there is a further shift in the capital structure to more senior debt, the Ba2 senior secured and senior unsecured guaranteed ratings will likely come under downward pressure. The B1 Corporate Family Rating and B1-PD Probability of Default Rating of Cablevision Systems Corporation are unchanged, as is the stable outlook.

Structural considerations

The senior secured facilities and guaranteed notes under the current capital structure are Ba2 supported by a discretionary one notch lift. Without the override, the ratings would be Ba3. Moody's rationale for this adjustment assumes the company will not burden the senior debt further and the potential for additional capacity within the revolving credit facility provides additional support for the ratings.

Downgrades:

..Issuer: CSC Holdings, LLC

....Senior Unsecured Notes, Downgraded to B3 (LGD5) from B2 (LGD5)

..Issuer: Neptune Finco Corp.

....Senior Unsecured Notes, Downgraded to B3 (LGD5) from B2 (LGD5)

Assignments:

..Issuer: CSC Holdings, LLC

....Gtd. Senior Unsecured Notes, Assigned Ba2 (LGD2)

Affirmations:

..Issuer: Cablevision Systems Corporation

.... Speculative Grade Liquidity Rating, Affirmed SGL-1

....Senior Unsecured Notes, Affirmed B3 (LGD6)

..Issuer: CSC Holdings, LLC

....Senior Secured Bank Credit Facilities, Affirmed Ba2 (LGD2)

....Gtd. Senior Unsecured Notes, Affirmed Ba2 (LGD2)

..Issuer: Neptune Finco Corp.

....Senior Secured Bank Credit Facilities, Affirmed Ba2 (LGD2)

....Gtd. Senior Unsecured Notes, Affirmed Ba2 (LGD2)

RATINGS RATIONALE

Cablevision Systems Corporation's (Cablevision or the Company) B1 Corporate Family Rating (CFR) is supported by its large size and somewhat diversified footprint which includes 8.7 million homes passed and 9.9 million subscribers, that generates over $10 billion in revenue -- scale more similar to investment grade companies. The Company is an established operator with a very strong market position in some very large markets, especially in its Optimum footprint which has very favorable demographics. This strength is reflected in very high, industry leading operating metrics including investment-grade like Revenue Per Homes (RPH) passed (currently $1,088), and a Triple Play Equivalent (TPE) ratio at 38%. The Company has an upgraded network that produces superior network speeds (up to 1 gbs) that helps compete with in-market peers and to attract and retain residential and commercial customers, particularly broadband. With revenue growth over 10% and high margins, broadband generates significant earnings and cash flows, which will helps to offset weakness in video and telephony. It also supports the generation of approximately $1.5 billion in annual free cash flow on EBITDA margins near 44%. We expect this strength to continue, supported by its current investments in Fiber-to-The-Home network architecture. The Company also has very good liquidity, with strong operating cash flow, a largely undrawn revolver, substantial covenant cushion, and a manageable maturity profile.

The rating is constrained by an aggressive financial policy that tolerates high leverage, that was approximately 5.4x (Moody's adjusted) at the end of the last quarter ended September 30, 2018. While management has publically stated it has a target leverage ratio between 4.5x-5.0x (reported, net of cash and collateralized obligations), management has shown a tolerance for much higher leverage (peaking above 7x) and has capacity (within the terms of its covenants) to take leverage up to as high as 9x. In addition, Moody's expects management to repurchase stock of at least $1.5 billion, possibly up to $2 billion, annually (but no more than free cash flow) pursuant to its recently announced share repurchase program. Moody's also believes the Company's largest shareholder, which has voting control and common ownership with Altice Luxembourg S.A. (B2 Negative), is a risk factor that is likely to constrain Cablevision's rating, especially when there is weakness in the European operation of Luxembourg and an ability to extract cash from the US operations through dividends or other transactions to support that business. With that said, Moody's believes there are currently better options to fund weakness in Europe and understand management has said the separation from the European operations clarifies the prioritization of capital allocation between the two companies and ensures that the US capital structure and capital allocation decisions are independent of any Europe-related considerations. Additionally, Cablevision's video business is under a lot of pressure with high programming costs being passed on to customers, and over the top video streaming competitors drawing market share. This is evidenced by falling subscriber counts (up to -3%) and declining penetration by -1% to -2% annually driving down the Company's Triple Play Equivalent ratio. The Company also faces new wireless broadband threats, as carriers are expected to begin launching 5G technology into Cablevision's markets over the next 12-18 months. While promising, it's uncertain to what extent the Company's agreement with Sprint to create a mobile virtual network will help retain customers.

Headquartered in Long Island City, New York, Cablevision Systems Corporation passes 8.7 million homes in 21 states, serving approximately 4.9 million residential and business customers, with revenues generated by about 9.9 million subscribers. The Company is wholly owned by Altice USA, a public company controlled by Patrick Drahi, and is also the direct parent of CSC Holdings, LLC. Revenue for LTM September 30, 2018 was approximately $9.5 billion.

The principal methodology used in these ratings was Pay TV published in December 2018. Please see the Rating Methodologies page on www.moodys.com for a copy of this methodology.

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