DUFF & PHELPS: AT&T CORPORATION $400 MILLION 4-1/2 PERCENT NOTES DUE 1996 RATED 'AA+'
CHICAGO, April 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Duff & Phelps Credit Rating Co. has assigned a rating of "AA+" (Double-A-Plus) to AT&T Corporation's $400 million issue of 4-1/2 percent notes due Feb. 15, 1996. The notes were priced at 99.44 to yield 4.71 percent to maturity. Proceeds will be applied to the previously announced redemption of $1.75 billion of long-term debt. In January, Duff & Phelps Credit Rating Co. reaffirmed the ratings of AT&T following a review of the potential impact of the company's planned investment in McCaw. AT&T is expected to maintain its very high credit quality notwithstanding some initial increased financial risk as a result of the investment. Although the 1991 NCR acquisition and the proposed McCaw investment increase AT&T's exposure to higher-risk businesses, AT&T's strong cash generating capacity has allowed significant reductions in the debt ratio from businesses other than financial services. AT&T's ability to generate cash flow beyond its needs for capital expenditures is a critical rating factor. At the end of 1990, AT&T's debt ratio excluding financial services was 38 percent, vs. 25 percent at the end of 1992. As a result, pretax interest coverages excluding financial services have jumped sharply in recent years. Continued strong cash flow should allow rapid retirement of any debt issued to finance the McCaw investment. AT&T's consolidated debt ratio has remained essentially flat in recent years, as the reduction in the debt ratio from core operations has been offset by growth in financial services. These businesses are appropriately leveraged at much higher levels. AT&T has taken steps to insulate itself from the credit risk of financial services operations. AT&T will no longer guarantee the future debt issuances of AT&T Capital, and the company is planning a partial public sale of its equity in AT&T Capital. AT&T is the largest telecommunications company in the United States, with 1992 gross revenues of $65 billion. The company is the largest provider of long distance services in the United States and a major manufacturer of telephone switching systems, transmission equipment, and premises equipment. AT&T's NCR subsidiary sells computer products. AT&T Capital offers a range of financing and leasing services. AT&T Credit is a subsidiary of AT&T Capital. AT&T's Universal Card has grown rapidly and is now the second largest issuer of credit cards. -0- 4/1/93 /CONTACT: James J. Stork of Duff & Phelps, 312-368-3125/ (T)
CO: AT&T ST: New York IN: TLS SU: RTG
GK -- NY101 -- 2185 04/01/93 16:01 EST
|Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback|
|Date:||Apr 1, 1993|
|Previous Article:||ACCOUNTING CHANGE TO ADD $1.3M TO DEVON ENERGY'S FIRST QUARTER 1993 EARNINGS; RAISES DRILLING BUDGET, ANTICIPATES $6M OF PROPOERTY SALES|
|Next Article:||JURY ABSOLVES GRANT THORNTON FROM NEGLIGENCE IN LONGSTANDING FDIC LAWSUIT; AUDITORS FOUND NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR INSTITUTION'S FAILURE|