S&P Global Ratings downgraded iPayment Inc. to CC from CCC-.
The outlook is negative.
The downgrade reflects the company's announcement that it plans to exchange its 9.5% second-lien senior secured notes due in 2019 for a combination of cash, common stock and new preferred stock. The rating agency would treat the exchange, if completed, as tantamount to a default, given that investors will receive less value than the original promise of the securities.
Upon completion of the exchange, S&P will lower the rating to SD, or selective default.
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