NXP Comments on Moody's Ratings Upgrade
(Marketwire Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) EINDHOVEN, THE NETHERLANDS -- (Marketwire) -- 11/07/12 --
NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) today announced that Moody's Investors Service has upgraded NXP B.V. to B1 from B2 for the corporate family rating (CFR) and probability of default rating (PDR). At the same time, Moody's upgraded NXP's senior secured debt ratings to B2 from B3 with a stable outlook.
"Moody's upgrade today is a clear validation of our execution to improve our capital structure and strengthen our balance sheet, while we simultaneously refocused the business for long-term growth," said Peter Kelly, chief financial officer NXP Semiconductors. "Moody's upgrade is recognition of NXP's improved free cash flow, operational performance and strong earnings momentum. We continue to be focused on reducing our financial leverage, with the goal of achieving an investment grade capital structure, while we continue to invest in our business to achieve industry leading revenue growth."
About NXP Semiconductors
NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) provides High Performance Mixed Signal and Standard Product solutions that leverage its leading RF, Analog, Power Management, Interface, Security and Digital Processing expertise. These innovations are used in a wide range of automotive, identification, wireless infrastructure, lighting, industrial, mobile, consumer and computing applications. A global semiconductor company with operations in more than 25 countries, NXP posted revenue of $4.2 billion in 2011. Additional information can be found by visiting www.nxp.com.
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