Financial Accounting Blog

Monday, March 22, 2004

Business Week reports that on June 30, 2003 Kodak had a debt mounting up to $2.99 billion, which has to be cut down to reduce risk.
On Sept. 25, 2003, Standard & Poor's Ratings Services lowered its long-term and short-term corporate credit ratings on Eastman Kodak (EK ) to 'BBB–' and 'A-3' from 'BBB' and 'A-2', respectively, and removed them from CreditWatch. The current outlook is stable. The Rochester, N.Y.-based photography company had $2.99 billion in debt on June 30, 2003.

The downgrades reflect concern about Kodak's earnings and business profile due to declining prospects for its core conventional imaging businesses as these markets transition to digital technologies; doubts about the profit potential of digital imaging relative to conventional photography; and the need to reduce debt which remains elevated given Kodak's rising business risk and investment strategies.