TEXT-S&P raises FelCor notes rating to 'B+' from 'B-'

Thu Jan 3, 2013 5:08pm EST

Jan 3 - Standard & Poor's Ratings Services today revised its recovery rating
on FelCor Lodging L.P.'s 10% senior notes due 2014 to '1', indicating our
expectation of 90% to 100% recovery for noteholders in the event of a payment
default from '3' (50% to 70% recovery expectation). This resulted in our raising
our issue-level rating on the notes to 'B+' from 'B-', in accordance with our
notching criteria for a '1' recovery rating. The issue-level rating was removed
from CreditWatch, where it was placed with positive implications on Dec. 12,
2012. FelCor Lodging L.P. is a subsidiary of FelCor Lodging Trust Inc. 

The rating action reflects the closing of the company's $525 million 5.625% 
senior secured notes due 2023 and the use of proceeds to repay $258 million of 
the 10% senior secured notes due 2014 ($492 million in notes were outstanding 
at Sept. 30, 2012). (See Standard & Poor's research report on FelCor dated 
Dec. 12, 2012.) The repayment of a portion of the company's 10% senior secured 
notes resulted in a lower level of secured debt outstanding under our 
simulated default scenario compared with our previous analysis. This increases 
recovery prospects for the 10% senior secured notes enough to warrant the 
upward revision to our recovery and issue-level ratings on the notes.

RELATED RESEARCH
     -- Criteria Guidelines For Recovery Ratings, Aug. 10, 2009
     -- 2008 Corporate Criteria: Rating Each Issue, April 15, 2008


RATINGS LIST

FelCor Lodging Trust Inc.
 Corporate Credit Rating    B-/Stable/--

RATINGS REVISED
                            To    From
FelCor Lodging L.P.
 10% sr nts due 2014        B+    B-/Watch Pos
   Recovery Rating          1     3

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