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Standard & Poor’s puts F&C Asset Management on negative credit watch

Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services has placed its ‘BBB-/A-3’ long- and short-term counterparty credit ratings on F&C Asset Management PLC on CreditWatch with negative implications.

The ratings agency has also placed the ‘BB’ rating on F&C’s subordinated deferrable under CreditWatch with negative implications.

S&P credit analyst David Tate says: “The CreditWatch placement reflects our view of F&C’s leverage and debt-service metrics, which we understand have been deteriorating over a period of time. In our opinion, these will remain weak, and are likely to fall this year below our 3.5x metric for gross interest coverage by EBITDA.

“Standard & Poor’s aims to resolve the CreditWatch placement in the coming weeks after discussions with the management regarding expectations for an improvement in leverage, debt-service metrics, and fund flow trends now that the extended period of ownership uncertainty has been removed,” added Mr. Tate.


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Tapering of annual allowance – adjusted and threshold income

The definitions of adjusted income and threshold income used to determine whether, and to what extent, someone’s annual allowance will be reduced can be confusing.  Here we try to make sense of it all. The annual allowance will be reduced for high income individuals from 6 April 2016.  Our previous article Tapering of annual allowance […]


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