Educational Technology

In Spring 2015 Moody’s affirmed their B2 rating for Blackboard’s nearly $1.4 billion in debt as part of the company’s acquisition of Schoolwires, with a negative outlook for the ratings (meaning there was risk of a further downgrade). Three weeks ago, that downgrade took place.

(“Moody’s”) downgraded Blackboard Inc.’s Corporate Family Rating (“CFR”) by two notches to Caa1, from B2, as well as its Probability of Default Rating, to Caa1-PD, from B2-PD. Moody’s also downgraded Blackboard’s $135 million first-lien revolving credit facility and $920 million (remaining balance) first-lien term loan to B3, from B1, and its $378 million second-lien notes to Caa3, from Caa1. Moody’s also changed Blackboard’s outlook to stable, from negative.

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