By proposing to acquire Beckman Coulter Inc. in February 2011, Washington-based medical and industrial equipment maker Danaher Corp. accepted higher debt levels and the risk of a credit rating downgrade. Standard & Poor's placed its 'A+' rating for the company on CreditWatch negative at the time. Yet after further review, we recently affirmed our rating on the company. In this CreditMatters TV segment, Director Gregoire Buet explains why we believe that Danaher's strong business risk profile, its ability to reduce debt with significant free operating cash flow generation, and a very modest dividend payout, were some of the key considerations behind the affirmation.
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