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Ascena Retail Group, Inc. -- Moody's says that maurices sale is a credit positive, no impact on ratings

Moody's Investors Service ("Moody's) said that Ascena Retail Group, Inc.'s ("Ascena") announcement that it signed a definitive agreement to sell a majority interest in its subsidiary maurices to an affiliate of OpCapita LLP is a credit positive but has no impact on the ratings or outlook. The sale is a credit positive because it results in a better quality core portfolio and allows for accelerated debt repayment. Maurices has experienced mid-single-digit comparable sales decreases on average since FY 2016, as well as margin declines driven by the consumer mix shift to e-commerce.