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Michaels Stores, Inc. -- Moody's assigns a B1 to Michaels sr unsecured notes

Moody's Investors Service ("Moody's") assigned a B1 to Michaels Stores, Inc.'s proposed 8 year $500 million senior unsecured note offering. Moody's affirmed Michaels' Ba2 Corporate Family rating, Ba2-PD Probability of Default ratings, and Ba2 senior secured rating. "This refinancing extends Michael's debt maturity ladder in a leverage neutral transaction thereby improving the company's overall credit profile".