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TTM Technologies, Inc. -- Moody's upgrades TTM's CFR to Ba2, outlook stable

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Rating Action: Moody's upgrades TTM's CFR to Ba2, outlook stable

Global Credit Research - 18 Dec 2020

New York, December 18, 2020 -- Moody's Investors Service ("Moody's") upgraded TTM Technologies, Inc.'s (TTM) Corporate Family Rating (CFR) to Ba2 from B1. The Probability of Default Rating (PDR) was upgraded to Ba2-PD from B1-PD. The senior secured term loan rating was upgraded to Ba1 from Ba3, and the senior unsecured notes were upgraded to Ba3 from B2. The Speculative Grade Liquidity (SGL) rating remains SGL-1. The rating outlook remains stable. The action follows TTM's prepayment of $400 million of the term loan in the third quarter of 2020 and repayment of $250 million convertible notes in December 2020 with asset sale proceeds and internally generated funds.

"The divestiture of Mobility and exit of E-MS in 2020 have increased the stability of TTM's business portfolio" said Peter Krukovsky, Moody's Senior Analyst. "Profitability, free cash flow and cash liquidity remain strong, and the company has completed its deleveraging following the Anaren acquisition."

The following rating actions were taken:

Upgrades:

..Issuer: TTM Technologies, Inc.

.... Probability of Default Rating, Upgraded to Ba2-PD from B1-PD

.... Corporate Family Rating, Upgraded to Ba2 from B1

....Senior Secured Bank Credit Facility, Upgraded to Ba1 (LGD3) from Ba3 (LGD3)

....Senior Unsecured Regular Bond/Debenture, Upgraded to Ba3 (LGD5) from B2 (LGD5)

Outlook Actions:

..Issuer: TTM Technologies, Inc.

....Outlook, Remains Stable

RATINGS RATIONALE

TTM's credit profile benefits from differentiated PCB and RF product capabilities and market positions, and broad diversification across end markets. These characteristics have supported financial performance during the 2020 recession, with both revenues and EBITDA growing slightly (pro forma for divestitures) despite declines in some end markets. In 2020, TTM divested its Mobility business unit for total proceeds of $652 million (including retained accounts receivable), and discontinued its E-MS operations. These actions have resulted in a meaningful mix shift toward markets with relatively high stability in which TTM has differentiated positions, notably A&D which accounts for 36% of pro forma revenues. However, the company remains exposed to cyclical end markets and to operating decisions of large OEM and EMS customers. Profitability is solid with estimated pro forma 2020 EBITDA margin of 13%, and the business model is strongly cash flow generative with estimated pro forma free cash flow of $115 million in 2020.

TTM used Mobility proceeds to prepay $400 million of term loan and used internally generated funds to repay the $250 million convertible notes that matured in December 2020. As a result, Moody's estimates pro forma total leverage to decline to 3.4x at the end of 2020. Cash balances remain very strong at estimated $425 million at the end of 2020 after the repayment of convertible notes, collection of Mobility receivables, payment of taxes on the Mobility sale and the majority of E-MS restructuring costs. Net of the cash balances, Moody's estimates net leverage at the end of 2020 at 1.7x. TTM targeted deleveraging to net leverage of less than 2x following the acquisition of Anaren in 2018 and this target has been achieved. TTM will continue to evaluate acquisitions and has ample financial flexibility. If the company pursues a larger debt-financed acquisition, Moody's expects it to direct free cash flow toward debt repayment to promptly reduce leverage to the range consistent with the ratings.

FACTORS THAT COULD LEAD TO AN UPGRADE OR DOWNGRADE OF THE RATINGS

The stable outlook reflects Moody's expectation of modest revenue growth in 2021 and Moody's adjusted total leverage remaining below 3.5x. The ratings could be upgraded if TTM increases its business scale meaningfully and continues to diversify, generates consistent revenue growth and expands EBITDA margins, and maintains Moody's adjusted total leverage below 2.5x. The ratings could be downgraded if TTM experiences a sustained revenue or margin decline, or if Moody's adjusted total leverage is sustained above 4.0x and liquidity meaningfully weakens.

The principal methodology used in these ratings was Manufacturing Methodology published in March 2020 and available at https://www.moodys.com/researchdocumentcontentpage.aspx?docid=PBC_1206079. Alternatively, please see the Rating Methodologies page on www.moodys.com for a copy of this methodology.

With revenues of $2 billion in 2020 pro forma for divestitures, TTM is a global leader in manufacturing of printed circuit boards and radio frequency components across a broad suite of end market applications.

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Peter Krukovsky Vice President - Senior Analyst Corporate Finance Group Moody's Investors Service, Inc. 250 Greenwich Street New York, NY 10007 U.S.A. JOURNALISTS: 1 212 553 0376 Client Service: 1 212 553 1653 Lenny J. Ajzenman Associate Managing Director Corporate Finance Group JOURNALISTS: 1 212 553 0376 Client Service: 1 212 553 1653 Releasing Office: Moody's Investors Service, Inc. 250 Greenwich Street New York, NY 10007 U.S.A. JOURNALISTS: 1 212 553 0376 Client Service: 1 212 553 1653

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