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21 Jan 2011
Madrid, January 21, 2011 -- Moody's Investors Service has today assigned a provisional (P)Caa2
rating to the EUR460 million worth of senior notes due in 2019 to be issued
by ONO Finance II Plc. ONO's B3 corporate family rating (CFR)
and all other ratings remain unchanged. The outlook on the ratings
ONO intends to use the proceeds from this issuance to: (i) pre-pay
in full the EUR180 million worth of 10.5% senior notes issued
by ONO Finance plc in 2004 and due in 2014; (ii) pre-pay in
full the EUR270 million worth of 8% senior notes issued by ONO
Finance II in 2006 and due in 2014; and (iii) repay the EUR10 million
Fond-ICO Participative Loan upon maturity in May 2011. Moody's
expects that, upon the successful completion of the transaction,
it will withdraw the rating on the EUR180 million and EUR270 million worth
of senior notes following the proposed prepayment.
Moody's issues provisional instrument ratings in advance of the
final sale of securities and these ratings reflect the rating agency's
preliminary credit opinion regarding the transaction only. Upon
a conclusive review of the final documentation, Moody's will
endeavour to assign a definitive rating to the notes. A definitive
rating may differ from a provisional rating.
"The proposed bond issuance is another step in the company's
efforts to address the debt refinancing wall in 2013-14,
and, if successfully completed, will have positive implications
for ONO's refinancing risk profile," says Iván
Palacios, a Moody's Vice President -- Senior Analyst
and lead analyst for ONO. "However, Moody's also
notes that ONO still faces material refinancing challenges in 2013,"
adds Mr Palacios.
The proposed bond issuance is the third measure of a broader refinancing
plan, which was initiated in May 2010, when ONO reached an
agreement with its lenders under the senior facilities agreement to incorporate
part of the facilities due in 2010-2012 into new forward-start
facilities due in 2013. It was then followed in October 2010 with
the issuance of a EUR700 million senior secured bond, which the
company used to refinance existing bank debt.
A successful issuance of the proposed senior notes due in 2019 will extend
ONO's debt maturity profile and remove the market risk from the
most junior portion of debt in the company's capital structure.
A failure to refinance the existing senior notes before February 2014
would allow senior secured bondholders to exercise their put option on
their bonds to Cableuropa in 2014. However, a successful
issuance will effectively extend the maturity of the EUR700 million worth
of senior secured notes to 2018.
Despite these positive elements, Moody's notes that ONO continues
to face material refinancing challenges in 2013, when the company's
refinancing needs will be around EUR2.3 billion. Moody's
expects the company to continue improving its debt maturity profile and
further steps in the refinancing process could translate into upward pressure
on the rating.
The (P)Caa2 rating and Loss Given Default (LGD) Assessment of (LGD6) of
the new notes reflect the substantial amount of priority debt in the company's
capital structure. The notes will be guaranteed on a senior subordinated
basis by Cableuropa and on a senior basis by ONOMidco. The guarantee
from Cableuropa will be subordinated in right of payment to its senior
debt, including the senior facility and the senior secured notes
Upward rating pressure could develop if ONO progresses in extending its
debt maturity profile and mitigating refinancing risk concerns.
Additionally, upward pressure could develop if management continues
to execute the company's revised business plan against the backdrop
of the tough economic environment in Spain. More specifically,
Moody's will continue to monitor the extent to which ONO delivers
sustainable operating performance and free cash flow generation in accordance
with its plan.
Downward pressure could be exerted on the rating as a result of (i) a
failure by ONO to deliver operational performance in line with Moody's
estimates; or (ii) the re-emergence of liquidity concerns,
if ONO fails to proactively address the refinancing of the 2013 debt maturities.
Moody's most recent rating action on ONO was implemented on 11 October
2010, when the rating agency changed the company's outlook
to positive from stable.
The principal methodologies used in this rating were Moody's "Global
Cable Television Industry Rating Methodology" published in July
2009, and "Loss Given Default for Speculative-Grade
Non-Financial Companies in the US, Canada and EMEA",
published in June 2009.
Headquartered in Madrid, Cableuropa, S.A.U.
(ONO) is Spain's largest cable operator and leading alternative
provider of telecommunications, broadband and internet and pay-TV
services. It is the only cable operator with national coverage.
In FY 2009, ONO reported revenues of around EUR1.5 billion
and EBITDA of EUR730 million.
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Vice President - Senior Analyst
Corporate Finance Group
Moody's Investors Service Espana, S.A.
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Paloma San Valentin
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Moody's Investors Service Espana, S.A.
Moody's assigns (P)Caa2 rating to ONO's senior notes (Spain)
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