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Moody's cuts Sony's credit rating to junk, from Ba1 to Baa3

Published on Jan 27, 2014 4:08 PM
 

TOKYO (AFP) - Moody's cut its credit rating on Sony to junk on Monday, saying the Japanese electronics giant had more work to do in repairing its battered balance sheet.

The ratings company lowered its view of the company to Ba1 from Baa3, meaning its debt is now seen as below investment grade, a move that threatens to push up Sony’s borrowing costs.

“While Sony has made progress in its restructuring and benefits from continued profitability in several of its business segments, it still faces challenges to improve and stabilise its overall profitability,” Moody’s said in a statement.

“Of primary concern are the challenges facing the company’s TV and PC businesses, both of which face intense global competition, rapid changes in technology, and product obsolescence.”

 
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