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S&P lowers McClatchy on 'missed interest payment'

S&P Global Ratings lowered its issuer credit rating on McClatchy Co. to CC from CCC- and placed the company's all ratings on Creditwatch with negative implications.

The issue-level ratings on the company's senior secured notes were downgraded to CCC- from CCC. The issue-level ratings on the company's senior unsecured notes remain C.

The newspaper publisher recently missed an interest payment on its senior secured notes and entered into a standstill agreement with the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. related to the company's underfunded pension program.

The negative Creditwatch reflects S&P Global Ratings' expectation that "a restructuring or default within the next 90 days is inevitable barring unforeseen developments."

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