Posts Tagged ‘credit’

Fitch’s ‘negative’ outlook for state credit in place for a while

by Ted Carter Published: March 28,2014

Tags: Business, credit, Fitch ratings, Lynn Fitch, Mississippi

Mississippi can expect Fitch Ratings Service to maintain its “negative” outlook on the state’s credit for at least another two years, says Karen Krop, a Fitch senior director who evaluated the state’s borrowing and repayment circumstances in designating the credit outlook on Oct. 31. It’s a big picture look at a state’s overall credit quality […] [...]

House members add more than $61m to Senate’s bill

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers are moving toward negotiations on state borrowing in the 2015 budget year. House members yesterday added $61.2 million before passing Senate Bill 2975. Representatives are seeking $30 million to allow the North Central Mississippi Regional Rail Authority to buy a rail line, $20 million to aid Tupelo’s Cooper Tire and Rubber […] [...]

Fitch expects state’s bond debt to drop below $4B

by Associated Press Published: January 17,2014

Tags: bond, Bond Commission, credit, debt, finance, Lynn Fitch, state government, State of Mississippi, Treasurer

JACKSON — State Treasurer Lynn Fitch told lawmakers yesterday that she expects Mississippi’s bond debt to drop back below $4 billion by the end of the current budget year, for the first time since 2011. She said that’s good because bond rating agencies want to know that the state is keeping its long-term debt under […] [...]

Flaggs wants to see city restore its bond rating

by Associated Press Published: January 6,2014

Tags: bond, bond rating, city government, city of Vicksburg, credit, debt, finance, George Flaggs Jr., mayor

VICKSBURG — Mayor George Flaggs Jr. has said several times since taking office he wanted to get Vicksburg’s bond rating restored in January. He now says city officials may wait a bit longer. “Even though I think we’re ready, I’m told that you do not want to apply unless you are ready to borrow money,” […] [...]

S&P gives city ‘AA-’ long-term debt rating

by Associated Press Published: December 9,2013

Tags: city government, City of Southaven, credit, debt rating, finances, financial, Standard and Poor

SOUTHAVEN — For the third year, Standard and Poor has assigned the city of Southaven an “AA-” long term rating. The Commercial Appeal reports the rating service cited the city’s financial standing as stable and positive. In its recent report issued on Nov. 18, Standard & Poor noted Southaven’s strong economy, budgetary performance and liquidity […] [...]

Fitch gives state ‘negative’ bond rating; has problems with PERS

by Associated Press Published: November 6,2013

Tags: bond, credit, credit rating, debt, Fitch, PERS, State of Mississippi

JACKSON — The Fitch credit rating agency has downgraded Mississippi’s bond rating outlook from stable to negative. The state’s bond rating remains AA+, only one notch below the highest AAA level, but the agency warns the rating could be lowered unless officials take steps to shore up finances. A lower bond rating would make it […] [...]

Fitch takes no action after Kemper plant cost, schedule changes

by MBJ Staff Published: November 4,2013

Tags: coal, construction, credit, debt, Fitch ratings, Kemper plant, Mississippi Power Co., Southern Co.

KEMPER COUNTY — Fitch Ratings is not taking any rating actions following the latest cost revisions and schedule extension for the Kemper integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) project. Last week, Mississippi Power Company (Mississippi Power) announced a revision in the scheduled in-service date for Kemper IGCC. The operational date is delayed to the fourth quarter […] [...]

Sanderson gets new, increased credit for future growth

LAUREL — Sanderson Farms Inc.’s existing revolving credit facility through a consortium of banks has been increased from $500 million to $600 million. The credit remains unsecured and certain covenants related to the poultry company’s financial condition and capital expenditure needs have been amended in anticipation of Sanderson’s future growth plans. In addition, the termination […] [...]

Fitch rates Forrest Health ‘A’; outlook is negative

HATTIESBURG — Fitch Ratings has affirmed the ‘A’ rating on Forrest Health, Miss.’s (FH) outstanding debt, listed at the end of this release. The Rating Outlook remains “negative.” SECURITY Debt payments are secured by a pledge of the gross revenues of the obligated group. KEY RATING DRIVERS WEAK OPERATING PERFORMANCE: The maintenance of the Negative […] [...]

Swipe-fee ruling means merchants could pay less for debit card transactions

by Ted Carter Published: August 9,2013

Tags: banking, credit, credit cards, Federal Reserve, finance, personal finance

The Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors erred in letting swipe fees that banks charge retailers for each debit card transaction go as high as 21 cents a transaction, a federal court recently ruled. The ruling by the U.S. District Court in Washington drew the predicable applause from groups such as the National Retail Federation and […] [...]

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