Fitch Rates Willis North America's 10-Yr Senior Notes.NEW YORK New York, state, United States
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An international rating agency for financial institutions, insurance companies, and corporate, sovereign, and municipal debt. Fitch Ratings has headquarters in New York and London and is wholly owned by FIMALAC of Paris. assigns a 'BBB' rating to Willis North America Inc.'s (WNA WNA World Nuclear Association (UK)
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Fitch anticipates that WNA will use the net proceeds Net Proceeds
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The Outlook revision to Stable from Positive reflects moderately increased uncertainty following this significant change to WNA'S capital structure. Fitch estimates that WNA's debt-to-capital ratio following these planned transactions will increase from 35% at year-end 2006.
Additionally, Fitch expects WNA's debt-to-EBITDA and operating EBIT-interest coverage ratios, which were 1.3 times (x) and 15x in 2006, respectively, to be impacted negatively by this transaction in 2007. Importantly, Fitch believes that WNA's key credit fundamentals will remain within ranges that are adequate to support existing ratings.
WNA's ratings continue to reflect the company's recent favorable operating performance, excellent operating margins relative to peers, strong cash flow and debt servicing capability, manageable debt levels, established market position, and management experience. Fitch believes that WNA's insurance brokerage operations have outperformed those of its closest competitors for several years and that it will continue to do so in the near term.
These positive factors are offset by a significant amount of intangible assets, which is common in the brokerage industry due to acquisition activity. Fitch also recognizes Willis' smaller size and comparative lack of business diversity relative to its larger global broker peers, and the effects of the property/casualty insurance industry's cyclical nature on Willis' earnings and cash flow.
Fitch has assigned the following rating with a Stable
Willis North America Inc.
--$600 million senior notes due March, 2017 'BBB'.
In addition Fitch affirms the following ratings with a Stable Outlook:
Willis North America Inc.
--Issuer Default Rating (IDR IDR
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--$250 million senior notes 5.125% due July 15, 2010 'BBB';
--$350 million senior notes 5.625% due July 15, 2015 'BBB'.
Willis Group Holdings, Ltd.
--Issuer Default Rating (IDR) 'BBB'.
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