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S&P puts Regal Entertainment on CreditWatch Negative on Cineworld deal

S&P Global Ratings on Dec. 6 placed its ratings, including the BB- corporate credit rating, on Regal Entertainment Group and unit Regal Cinemas Corp. on CreditWatch with negative implications.

The CreditWatch placement follows the announcement that the U.K. movie chain Cineworld Group plc struck an agreement to buy U.S.-based motion picture exhibitor Regal Entertainment Group for a total transaction value of $5.9 billion, including debt and net of cash.

S&P thinks the merger could cause the combined company's leverage to increase above the agency's current downgrade threshold of 4.5x for Regal.

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