March 17, 2010

Mayo Clinic’s debt rating improves

By Kelley Luckstein

Standard & Poor's Ratings Services has revised its rating outlook to positive from stable and affirmed a 'AA-' rating on debt issued for the world-renowned Mayo Clinic…


S&P credit analyst Stephen Infranco said the clinic's liquidity levels are still below similarly rated organizations, and would not provide the needed financial cushion at a higher rating level…


"While the earnings improvement over a one-year period is encouraging, we expect Mayo Clinic to demonstrate the ability to sustain earnings at the current level in order to achieve a higher rating," said Infranco.


Further mitigating the Mayo Clinic's credit strengths, Infranco said, is its potential exposure to future Medicare and Medicare physician reimbursement reductions.


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Tags: debt rating, Finanical, Standard & Poor's Ratings Services

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