With the proposed Applied Biosystems-Invitrogen merger set to close in the coming months, ratings firm Fitch Ratings weighed in on the deal this week, giving it mostly a thumbs-up.
In early August, Fitch initiated ratings on Invitrogen with an issuer default rating of BBB-, indicating low credit risk and a stable rating outlook. This week, the firm issued a report providing greater detail about its view of the impending $6.7 billion merger that includes factors influencing its ratings of Invitrogen.

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