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S&P affirms American Renal Associates' corporate credit rating

S&P Global Ratings affirmed its B corporate credit rating on American Renal Associates Holdings Inc.

The rating outlook is stable.

S&P said the affirmation reflects its view that the business has stabilized after a period of declining margins due to a shift in payor mix toward lower-reimbursing Medicare treatments from higher-reimbursing commercially insured patients.

The affirmation also reflects the rating agency's view that the company will continue to generate solid recurring free cash flow.

S&P said the stable outlook reflects its expectations for a steady payor environment in 2018, an aggressive de novo-driven growth strategy and minimal levels of discretionary cash flow after distributions to non-controlling interests and growth capital expenditures.

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