Fitch Puts Pfizer on Watch Negative, Notes Leverage Increase

Date : 06/19/2019 @ 7:38PM
Source : Dow Jones News
Stock : Pfizer, Inc. (PFE)
Quote : 42.51  -0.24 (-0.56%) @ 4:11PM

Fitch Puts Pfizer on Watch Negative, Notes Leverage Increase

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By Michael Dabaie

 

Fitch Ratings said it placed Pfizer Inc. (PFE) ratings on Rating Watch Negative.

Pfizer's proposed deal for Array BioPharma Inc. (ARRY) makes strategic sense, according to Fitch, increasing its presence in oncology. Pfizer this week agreed to buy Array for $10.64 billion in cash.

Fitch said it expects the acquisition will increase leverage, which is already currently stressed for Pfizer's current "A+" rating.

"The company continues to demonstrate little appetite for reducing leverage, despite the more tax-efficient access to its international cash generation provided by 2017 tax reform," Fitch said.

The ratings agency said it will resolve the Negaive Watch when the deal closes and it anticipates a one-notch downgrade of the Long-Term Issuer Default Rating to "A" is likely.

 

Write to Michael Dabaie at michael.dabaie@wsj.com

 

(END) Dow Jones Newswires

June 19, 2019 14:23 ET (18:23 GMT)

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