NEW YORK, March 29, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Sotheby's (NYSE : BID ) is pleased to share that S&P Global Ratings raised the Company's unsecured debt rating in a press release issued yesterday. The recovery rating on Sotheby's $400 million senior unsecured notes was revised to '3' from '5', and the issue-level rating on the senior notes was raised from to 'BB-' from 'B+'.
"We are pleased that S&P has recognized our strong cash flow and highly liquid balance sheet," said Mike Goss, Sotheby's Chief Financial Officer. "We are off to a good start in 2018 and recent results bode well for our major Hong Kong auctions, which get underway tomorrow, as well as our important May auctions in New York."
In December 2017, the Company refinanced $300 million of senior notes due in 2022 bearing interest at 5.25% with $400 million in new notes due in 2025 bearing a rate of 4.875%. As of December 31, 2017, Sotheby's had as much as $325 million in excess capital available and an updated share repurchase authorization of $196 million as of March 1, 2018.
This release contains certain "forward-looking statements" (as such term is defined in Section 21E of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended) relating to future events and the financial performance of Sotheby's. Such statements are only predictions and involve risks and uncertainties, resulting in the possibility that the actual events or performances will differ materially from such predictions. Major factors, which Sotheby's believes could cause the actual results to differ materially from the predicted results in the "forward-looking statements" include, but are not limited to, the overall strength of the global economy and financial markets, political conditions in various countries, competition with other auction houses and art dealers, the amount and quality of property available for consignment and the marketability at auction of such property. Please refer to our most recently filed Form 10-K for a complete list of Risk Factors.
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