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  • Kanuk_PQ Kanuk_PQ Jul 10, 2007 8:03 PM Flag

    More bad news coming for WalRed?

    Please click on the link below for the entire story if you dare to learn about your investment.
    Walgreen ratings on review for downgrade on planned Option Care buy - Moody's
    July 09, 2007: 01:48 AM EST

    MUMBAI, Jul. 9, 2007 (AFX International Focus) -- Moody's placed the 'Aa3' long-term rating of US drug-store operator Walgreen Company (NYSE:WAG) under review for downgrade on news Walgreen intends to buy Option Care (NASDAQ:OPTN) Inc, an operator and franchiser of specialty pharmacies, for about 860 mln usd.

    The review is prompted by Moody's concern that the company's historically conservative financial policy is gradually becoming more aggressive. Aggregate cash outflows for new store development and acquisitions are increasing at a time when the company is also returning significant cash to shareholders in the form of share repurchases and dividends.

    Moody's noted that, while the company's initiatives over the previous several years had been internally financed, the pending Option Care acquisition will be partially funded by an upsized commercial paper program.

    The agency affirmed Walgreen's commercial paper rating at 'Prime-1'.

    The Option Care transaction is the latest of several acquisitions of drug stores, specialty pharmacies, and in-store medical clinics since the end of 2005, with the aggregate price of the prior acquisitions being about 800 mln usd.

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    • You just broke the copyright laws.

      You failed to note the bottom of the piece.

      "Copyright AFX News Limited 2007. All rights reserved.

      The copying, republication or redistribution of AFX News Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of AFX News."

      Bye bye.

      • 2 Replies to star_me_dude
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