Sears Holdings (NYSE: SHLD) announced its concerns on Tuesday about its ability to stay afloat after years of losses and declining sales. The U.S. retail giant has failed to turn an annual profit since 2011. At the end of its fiscal year in January, the company had said that it was hoping to reduce its costs by $1 billion and cut its debt and pension obligations by at least $1.5 billion. It currently has liabilities totalling around $13.19 billion. In efforts to boost its liquidity, Sears said that it has taken action to sell its Craftsman tool brand for $900 million to Stanley Black & Decker Inc (NYSE: SWK).
Hub holdings, LLC announced that it will increase its senior secured term loan by $375 million to refinance current oustanding debt. The proceeds will be mainly used to make payments on $300 million of second-lien secured notes and around $60 million of revolving credit. Following the announcement, Moody's announced that it would affirm the B3 corporate family rating and change the outlook on the debt from negative to stable. This outlook is based on the company's EBITDA growth and the feeling that they will be able to continue to reduce their leverage in 2017.
Level 3 Financing, Inc. , a wholly owned subsidiary of Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE: LVLT), announced last week that it successfully refinanced its outstanding Term Loans through the issuance of a new TLB L+225/2024. The company anticipates approximately $35 million of cash interest expense savings on an annualized basis through this $4.61 billion senior secured agreement. At the day of issuance, ADI loan pricing services quoted an end of day bid for the loan at 99 3/4. Since then, the loan has traded up to a bid of 100 5/8 in the week and half since its first quote.
Development Bank of Mongolia may have its 5.75% 3/21/2017 bond rating cut over concerns it may not be able to make its $580 million repayment by maturity. The mining and infrastructure financer currently does not have the liquidity to finance the repayment itself and is looking for outside help. Mongolian government has reportedly contacted China and the International Monetary Fund for assitance in the matter, but investors have their doubts that a bailout will be resolved within a month's time.
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