NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Fitch Ratings today affirmed Bio-Rad's ratings, noting the firm's stability and strong cash position but warning against continued macroeconomic headwinds.

Included in the ratings is a BBB- for Issuer Default Rating; BBB- for senior secured bank facility; BBB- for senior unsecured notes; and BB+ for senior subordinated notes.

The rating outlook for the Hercules, Calif.-based company is stable, Fitch said.

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