trending Market Intelligence /marketintelligence/en/news-insights/trending/UG0J6zVGU3Qk0be3nH9czg2 content esgSubNav
Log in to other products


Looking for more?

Contact Us
In This List

Fitch affirms Johnson & Johnson ratings on Actelion deal


Global M&A Infographic Q1 2021


Q1 2021 Global Capital Markets Activity: SPAC IPOs, Issuance in Consumer Discretionary Sector Surge


COVID-19 Impact & Recovery: Private Equity

COVID-19 Impact & Recovery: Corporates

Fitch affirms Johnson & Johnson ratings on Actelion deal

Fitch Ratings affirmed Johnson & Johnson's issuer default rating at AAA and short-term issuer default rating at F1+ with a stable ratings outlook.

The ratings action comes after the company confirmed plans to acquire Actelion Ltd. for $30 billion.

Fitch considers the transaction to be strategically sound as Johnson & Johnson will secure a number of approved and in-development therapies.

The rating agency expects the company to continue generating moderate top-line organic growth in the intermediate term despite encountering challenges during 2017 and beyond.

Fitch believes Johnson & Johnson will produce strong annual free cash flow during 2016 to 2017 of $7 billion to $8.5 billion. It expects the company will prioritize cash deployment for dividends, internal/external growth opportunities and for share repurchases.