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           Wednesday, April 28, 2010, Vol. 11, No. 082


C Z E C H   R E P U B L I C

APETIT FOOD: Declared Bankrupt by Ostrava Regional Court
ODEVNI PODNIK: Mulls Closure of Jesenik Plant


ESTONIAN AIR: Government May Increase Stake Via Rights Issue


ARCANDOR AG: Karstadt Sale Deal Deadline May Be Extended
COGNIS GMBH: Posts EUR47 Mil. Net Income in First Quarter 2010
COGNIS GMBH: S&P Affirms Corporate Credit Rating at 'B-'
EUROHOME MORTGAGES: Fitch Junks Rating on Class B Notes From 'B'


* GREECE: Needs to Secure Emergency Aid Package Soon


BANK OF IRELAND: To Raise EUR3.4 Bil. to Limit State Ownership
BANK OF SCOTLAND: Moody's Confirms D- Bank Fin'l Strength Rating


MISS SIXTY: To Close 10 of Remaining 20 Stores in the U.S.
TAURUS CMBS: Fitch Junks Rating on Class F Notes From 'BB'


CIRSA FUNDING: S&P Assigns 'B+' Rating on EUR400 Mil. Bonds


METINVEST BV: Fitch Assigns 'B-' Senior Unsecured Rating
SENSATA TECHNOLOGIES: Posts US$27.6MM Net Income for March 31 Qtr


TVN FINANCE: Moody's Assigns 'B1' Rating on EUR148 Mil. Notes


OTP OJSC: Fitch Upgrades Individual Rating to 'D' From 'D/E'


CENTRAL EUROPEAN: S&P Raises Corporate Credit Rating to 'B'

U N I T E D   K I N G D O M

BRITISH AIRWAYS: Four Executives Engaged in Price-Fixing
HERTFORD INT'L: Share Suspension to Be Lifted on May 13
HULL CITY: In Negotiations with Creditors Over GBP35 Mil. Debt
INTERNATIONAL PERSONAL: Fitch Assigns 'BB+' Rating on Senior Notes
LLOYDS BANKING: Put Vue Entertainment Up for Sale

ROYAL BANK: To Tighten Performance Targets on CEO Bonus Scheme
UK COAL: Puts Agricultural Land Up for Sale as Debt Levels Soar
UK SPV: Fitch Assigns 'B-' Rating on Limited Recourse Notes
WEDGWOOD MUSEUM: In Administration; Fund-Raising Planned

* UK: Firms In Major Financial Distress Up 14% in 1st Qtr. 2010
* UK: February-March Business Insolvency Rate Up 0.114%
* UK: Small Businesses Hit by Late Payments, Research Says
* UK: HSBC Seeks Support for Bank Levy Plan


C Z E C H   R E P U B L I C

APETIT FOOD: Declared Bankrupt by Ostrava Regional Court
CTK, citing the insolvency register at, reports
that the Regional Court in Ostrava has declared Apetit food a.s.
bankrupt.  According to the report, Apetit food has around CZK160
million of outstanding debt.

The report notes the company, which has been insolvent since
February, said it will propose a restructuring plan but failed to
do so.

Apetit food a.s. is a baguette maker based in Hnevotin, northern

ODEVNI PODNIK: Mulls Closure of Jesenik Plant
Odevni podnik Prostejov is considering closing its production
plant in Jesenik, northern Moravia, to avoid bankruptcy, CTK
reports, citing the company's insolvency administrator Jaroslav

The plant employs 300 people, the report says.

As reported by the Troubled Company Reporter-Europe on March 29,
2010, Odevni podnik, which has been insolvent since January, owes
around CZK1.6 billion to its creditors.  CTK, citing Odevni
podnik's PR agent Karel Samec, disclosed the company's management
said it had given up the right to draft a restructuring plan after
failing to secure money for operation.

Odevni podnik, a.s. is a textile company based in Prostejov, Czech


ESTONIAN AIR: Government May Increase Stake Via Rights Issue
Ott Ummelas at Bloomberg News reports that Rasmus Ruuda, an
Economy Ministry spokesman, said Estonia may take a controlling
stake in AS Estonian Air through a rights issue that will dilute
the ownership of SAS AB and investment bank AS Cresco.

"According to present plans, there will be a rights issue that
will increase the government's stake," Bloomberg quoted spokesman
Mr. Ruuda as saying in an e-mailed response to Bloomberg questions
Monday.  "SAS should keep about a third" of Estonian Air.

SAS holds 49% of Estonian Air, while Cresco has a 17% stake in the
country's national airline, Bloomberg notes.

Mr. Ruuda, as cited by Bloomberg, said the signing of a
declaration of intent between the government, which holds 34% of
Estonian Air, and SAS will "apparently" take place this week.

Bloomberg recalls Estonian Air Chief Executive Officer Andrus
Aljas said last year the airline, which operates six aircraft and
has direct routes to 20 European cities, has lost money in the
past three years and needs a "strong" strategic partner to

AS Estonian Air -- serves
destinations throughout Western and Eastern Europe.  Including the
planes flown by subsidiary Estonian Air Regional, the carrier
operates a fleet of some 10 Boeing and Saab aircraft.  The company
offers scheduled passenger services to about 20 European
destinations and charter passenger transportation to more than 50.
It also offers cargo transport and handling services for
third-party airlines.  The Estonian government owns a third of the
carrier.  Scandinavian airline SAS owns about half of Estonian Air
but announced plans in early 2009 that it plans to divest its 49%


ARCANDOR AG: Karstadt Sale Deal Deadline May Be Extended
Tom Mulier at Bloomberg News reports that Triton, the private
equity firm that bid for Arcandor AG's Karstadt department-store
unit last week, said the deadline to reach an agreement may be

According to Bloomberg, Thomas Schulz, a spokesman for the
insolvency administrator of Arcandor, said the retailer aims to
reach an agreement by April 30 and has received no other bids.

Bloomberg relates John Mengers, a spokesman for Triton at CNC
Communications & Network Consulting AG in Munich, said Triton
plans to invest new capital in Karstadt and is seeking
concessions.  Mr. Mengers, as cited by Bloomberg, said
Triton may study whether it could get state aid to make the
purchase, adding that no decision has been made.

                  Investment in Employee Training

Triton Monday promised employees of Germany's Karstadt to further
invest in their training and the company overall if its bid to
acquire the insolvent retailer succeeds, William Launder and
Natali Schwab at Dow Jones Newswires report, citing a letter to

Dow Jones relates Triton's written appeal to Karstadt staff
follows press reports over the weekend indicating that Triton's
bid could result in the elimination of about 4,000 jobs at
Karstadt's locations.

"Our plan would allot for extensive investment in employee
training, individual segments and in particular the attractiveness
of the stores," Triton partner Hans Maret wrote in the letter to
employees, according to Dow Jones.

Dow Jones notes Mr. Maret further warned, however, that
restructuring was needed to eliminate "major weaknesses,"
including segment losses, inflexible compensation systems and high
rents at Karstadt stores.

Triton has approached Karstadt's staff as the company's creditors
discuss a takeover offer presented by Triton Friday, Dow Jones

                        About Arcandor AG

Germany-based Arcandor AG (FRA:ARO) --
formerly KarstadtQuelle AG, is a tourism and retail group.  Its
three core business areas are tourism, mail order services and
department store retail.  The Company's business areas are covered
by its three operating segments: Thomas Cook, Primondo and
Karstadt.  Thomas Cook Group plc is a tour operator with
operations in Europe and North America, set up as a result of a
merger between MyTravel and Thomas Cook AG.  It also operates the
e-commerce platform, Thomas Cook, supporting travel services.
Primondo has a portfolio of European universal and specialty mail
order companies, including the core brand Quelle.  Karstadt
operates a range of department stores, such as cosmopolitan
stores, including KaDeWe (Kaufhaus des Westens), Karstadt
Oberpollinger and Alsterhaus; Karstadt brand department stores;
Karstadt sports department stores, offering sports goods in a
variety of retail outlets, and a portal, that offers
online shopping, among others.

As reported by the Troubled Company Reporter-Europe, a local court
in Essen formally opened insolvency proceedings for Arcandor on
September 1, 2009.  The proceedings started for the Arcandor
holding company and for 14 units, including the Karstadt
department-store chain and Primondo mail-order division.

Arcandor filed for bankruptcy protection after the German
government turned down its request for loan guarantees.  On
June 8, 2009, the government rejected two applications for help by
the company, which employs 43,000 people.  The retailer sought
loan guarantees of EUR650 million (US$904 million) from Germany's
Economy Fund program.  It also sought a further EUR437 million
from a state-owned bank.

COGNIS GMBH: Posts EUR47 Mil. Net Income in First Quarter 2010
Richard Weiss at Bloomberg News reports that Cognis GmbH posted a
net income of EUR47 million (US$63 million) in the quarter ended
March 31, after a loss of EUR33 million a year earlier.

According to Bloomberg, the company's first-quarter sales rose 11%
to EUR728 million.

Cognis's adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation
and amortization rose 80% to EUR131 million in the quarter, for
adjusted Ebitda of EUR422 million for the past 12 months.

                             BASF Bid

As reported by the Troubled Company Reporter-Europe on April 12,
2010, the Financial Times said BASF is considering a bid for
heavily-indebted Cognis.  The FT disclosed two people close to the
situation said BASF is in exploratory talks with Goldman Sachs and
Permira, Cognis' owners.  The people said it was still unclear
whether this would lead to a bid for Cognis, which is valued at
about EUR3 billion (US$4 billion) by its owners, according to the


The company's owners are exploring a possible initial public
offering, the FT said.  The FT noted a large stumbling block
for such a move is the company's debt load and its negative equity
of EUR762 million.  Despite reducing its leverage somewhat in
recent years, Cognis still had a net debt load of EUR1.9 billion
at the end of 2009, the FT stated.

Headquartered in Monheim, Germany, Cognis GmbH -- is a specialty chemical company.  The
company operates through three business units: Care Chemicals,
Nutrition and Health, and Functional Products.  Among Cognis'
products are environmentally friendly inks and coatings, synthetic
lubricants, oilfield chemicals, fatty acids, and dietary
supplements.  Once a subsidiary of chemicals giant Henkel, Cognis
is now owned by an investment group led by Permira and Goldman

COGNIS GMBH: S&P Affirms Corporate Credit Rating at 'B-'
Standard & Poor's Ratings Services said that it affirmed the 'B-'
long-term corporate credit rating on Germany-based specialty
chemicals producer Cognis GmbH and revised the outlook to positive
from negative.

"The rating action follows the improvement in Cognis' volumes
since the second quarter of 2009, better-than-expected operating
results for the year ended 2009, which continued through the first
quarter of 2010, and signs that industry conditions are
strengthening further in the near term," said Standard & Poor's
credit analyst Paul Watters.

Cognis' preliminary first-quarter 2010 results indicate that the
pace of recovery at Cognis is increasing both regionally and at
business unit level.  Volume growth was up 14.2% year on year and
recurring EBITDA increased substantially to EUR130.5 million.

The company's funds from operations held up well in 2009 compared
with 2008 and its free operating cash flow benefited substantially
from a reduction in working capital.  As a result Cognis'
liquidity position improved and remains adequate.

However, the ratings continue to be constrained by S&P's view of
the company's high leverage derived from the dividend
recapitalizations undertaken in previous years, under the private
equity ownership.  S&P views Cognis' business risk profile to be
at the high end of the "fair" category, due to the sensitivity of
demand over the economic cycle and to the volatility in raw
material prices.  This is partially offset by Cognis' world-
leading position as a manufacturer of natural-based specialty
chemicals, strong diversification, with above-average exposure to
consumer-related sectors, and competitive advantage obtained by
backward integration into nature-based raw materials.

"The positive outlook on Cognis reflects the potential for a one-
notch upgrade perhaps even within a few months if the company's
operating and financial performance continues to improve and S&P
expects this improvement to be sustainable," said Mr. Watters.

The rating remains constrained by the company's high level of
outstanding debt, such that adjusted debt/EBITDA was 7.6x at the
end of 2009.  However, if the company is able to maintain its
operating margins and limit its working capital growth as demand
recovers, that could support a further advance in FFO to net debt
to more than 10%.  This could justify a potential one-notch

Conversely, S&P could revise the outlook to stable if volume
growth stalled, operating margins came under pressure, working
capital increased above 20% of sales, or if S&P expects little
improvement in the company's credit metrics and FOCF.  Any
combination of these factors would likely restrict the scope for
further debt reduction.  The ratings do not take into account any
potential impact of a prospective IPO, if that were to

EUROHOME MORTGAGES: Fitch Junks Rating on Class B Notes From 'B'
Fitch Ratings has downgraded Eurohome Mortgages 2007-1 plc, a pan-
European RMBS transaction, and removed it from Rating Watch
Negative.  The downgrades of the class A and B notes reflect
continued poor performance of the underlying assets.  The rating
actions are:

  -- Class A (ISIN XS0309227279) downgraded to 'BB' from 'BBB';
     off RWN; assigned Negative Outlook and Loss Severity Rating

  -- Class B (ISIN XS0309230497) downgraded to 'CCC' from 'B'; off
     RWN; assigned Recovery Rating 'RR6'

  -- Class C (ISIN XS0309232196) affirmed at 'CC'; Recovery Rating
     revised to 'RR6' from 'RR5'

  -- Class D (ISIN XS0309232600) affirmed at 'C'; Recovery Rating

  -- Class E (ISIN XS0309233244) affirmed at 'C'; Recovery Rating

  -- Class X (ISIN XS0309234309) affirmed at 'C'; Recovery Rating

  -- German Mortgage Early Repayment Certificates (GMERCs) (ISIN
     XS0309236007) affirmed at 'AAA'; Outlook Stable

  -- Italian Mortgage Early Repayment Certificates (IMERCs) (ISIN
     XS0309788031) affirmed at 'AAA'; Outlook Stable

Following the review of the servicer - Deutsche Bank, Fitch noted
that a number of key initiatives have been implemented within the
bank's servicing platform and servicing strategies across both
Germany and Italy in the last 12 months.  These changes, such as
hiring experienced staff, stronger focus on earlier borrower
contact within the arrears cycle and offering payment dates to
suit borrowers have served to improve servicing processes.  Fitch
believes these enhancements can contribute to mitigate further
portfolio deterioration.

The latest investor report for February 2010 shows an outstanding
principal deficiency ledger balance on the class C notes in the
amount of EUR336,719, bringing the total amount of un-provisioned
defaulted loans to EUR10.8 million.  This amount is almost
exclusively made up from defaults of the Italian sub-portfolio.
For the German sub pool, only losses are debited into the PDL,
which have remained negligible compared to the outstanding balance
of terminated loans in this part of the portfolio.  Given the
lengthy foreclosure process in Italy, no recoveries on the Italian
defaulted loans are to be expected before 2011.

As of end-December 2009, the servicer reported a decline in early
arrears in both pools.  Fitch believes that the efforts employed
by DB are likely to have supported this decline.  Although the
improvement in arrears is seen as a positive for new arrears
cases, Fitch believes that borrowers in the Italian portion of the
pool, who are currently in higher arrears buckets, are still
likely to roll through to default.  This is likely to result in
further pressure on excess spread levels.  In addition, the
Italian pool remains susceptible to increases in interest rates
(German pool is fixed rate), which is why the agency believes that
the transaction is likely to go through another cycle of
performance deterioration when interest rates start to increase.

As of Q409 the outstanding balance of terminated loans in the
German portion of the pool was EUR13.7 million.  Fitch has been
informed by DB that to date six properties have been foreclosed,
of which four had resulted in the full repayment of debt due,
while two had seen losses amounting to EUR58,801.  According to DB
an additional 25 cases have seen collateral liquidation, and are
still in the process of personal foreclosure.

The downgrades of the class A and B notes reflect the
underperformance of the underlying assets in terms of defaults as
well as the agency's increased market value decline assumptions
for Italy (the German market value assumptions were increased in
2009).  Overall, the credit support available to these two
tranches is insufficient to maintain the previous ratings.

Fitch used its EMEA Residential Mortgage Loss criteria in the
performance review of this transaction.


* GREECE: Needs to Secure Emergency Aid Package Soon
Simon Kennedy and Flavia Krause-Jackson at Bloomberg News report
that Greece moved toward getting an emergency aid package before
debt payments come due in mid-May as Finance Minister George
Papaconstantinou warned investors they will "lose their shirts" if
they bet the cash-strapped nation will default.

Bloomberg relates Mr. Papaconstantinou said in Washington Sunday
money will be available "rather soon" and his country wouldn't
restructure its debt.

According to Bloomberg, with EUR8.5 billion (US$11.3 billion) of
Greece's bonds maturing May 19, any delay in assistance may
trigger another sell-off in its assets and hurt global markets.

Paul Carrel at Reuters reports that German Finance Minister
Wolfgang Schaeuble said on Monday it may be possible for Germany
to finalize a law granting Greece financial aid on May 7.

Bloomberg notes Mr. Papaconstantinou said bridge loans may be
possible if countries can't secure an accord in time.

"The whole thing is moving terribly close to the wire," Erik
Nielsen, chief European economist at Goldman Sachs Group Inc.,
said in a report to clients yesterday from Washington.
Mr. Nielsen, as cited by Bloomberg, said a deal is needed by
around May 6 so aid can be delivered before debt payments come

Bloomberg notes that while Mr. Nielsen said he sees an
"overwhelming probability" that the government may cut or delay
payments to bond investors, Mr. Papaconstantinou said a
restructuring is "off the table."


BANK OF IRELAND: To Raise EUR3.4 Bil. to Limit State Ownership
Robert Lindsay at Times Online reports that Bank of Ireland plans
to raise EUR3.4 billion in an attempt to limit the scale of state

The report relates the bank on Sunday said that it would raise up
to EUR1.9 billion (GBP1.6 billion) in a rights issue and another
EUR500 million in a placing with institutional investors.

According to the report, the bank intends to raise the remaining
EUR1 billion by converting part of the Irish government's
preference shares into ordinary stock.

The report notes bank said that the moves would cap the
government's shareholding, which stands at 34%, at no more than
36%.  It will offer potential investors a chance to swap debt for
equity, the report says.

Headquartered in Dublin, Bank of Ireland -- provides a range of banking and
other financial services.  These include checking and deposit
services, overdrafts, term loans, mortgages, business and
corporate lending, international asset financing, leasing,
installment credit, debt factoring, foreign exchange facilities,
interest and exchange rate hedging instruments, executor, trustee,
life assurance and pension and investment fund management, fund
administration and custodial services and financial advisory
services, including mergers and acquisitions and underwriting.
The Company organizes its businesses into Retail Republic of
Ireland, Bank of Ireland Life, Capital Markets, UK Financial
Services and Group Centre.  It has operations throughout Ireland,
the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States.

                           *     *     *

As reported by the Troubled Company Reporter-Europe on April 7,
2010, Fitch Ratings affirmed the rating on Bank of Ireland's Tier
1 notes at 'CCC' (ISINs: XS0268599999, US055967AA11 and

At the same time, Moody's Investors Service placed Bank of
Ireland's D bank financial strength rating (BFSR -- mapping to a
baseline credit assessment of Ba2) on review for possible upgrade,
previously they had a developing outlook.

BANK OF SCOTLAND: Moody's Confirms D- Bank Fin'l Strength Rating
Moody's Investors Service has confirmed the bank deposit ratings
of Bank of Scotland (Ireland) at Baa1/Prime-2 and the bank
financial strength rating at D- (mapping to a baseline credit
assessment of Ba3).  The outlook on the BFSR and the long-term
ratings is negative.  These rating actions conclude the
outstanding review for possible downgrade of the bank's ratings
initiated on November 3, 2009.  The ratings had been placed on
review for possible downgrade in November 2009 following the
announcement that its ultimate parent, Lloyds Banking Group, was
not going to participate in the UK government's Asset Protection
Scheme, and therefore the mirror of this scheme that was to have
been put in place for the benefit of BOSI was no longer going to
be established.

Ross Abercromby, Vice President/Senior Analyst and the lead
analyst for the bank at Moody's said "The confirmation of the
Baa1/P-2 bank deposit and senior debt ratings reflects Moody's
view that the high level of support demonstrated to date by the
bank's ultimate parent, Lloyds Banking Group, will continue.  This
high level of support has already been evidenced by the
substantial additional capital that has been injected into BOSI in
2008 and 2009, the provision of substantial funding lines and the
existence of a guarantee for certain assets at BOSI, provided by
Bank of Scotland (rated Aa3/P-1/D+)."  Mr. Abercromby added that
"The negative outlook on all the ratings indicates the uncertainty
about the performance of the restructured bank within the Irish
operating environment which is likely to remain very challenging
for some time."

In addition the confirmation of the ratings incorporates the
restructuring of BOSI that will lead to the bank focusing on the
SME/corporate business in Ireland where it has a market share of
around 8%.  The retail and intermediary businesses are to be
closed, and the commercial real estate portfolio will be run-off
over the medium to long-term.  This restructuring clarifies the
position of BOSI within Lloyds, although in Moody's opinion the
strategic importance of BOSI to the wider Lloyds group will reduce
given its smaller size.

The D- BFSR reflects the weak underlying performance of the
entity, which has large concentrations in commercial property in
Ireland, a capital and funding position that is dependent on its
parent and the challenges the bank faces to run-off of the
significant exposure to the domestic commercial real estate market
and to close the retail and intermediary businesses.

The last rating action was on November 3, 2009, when the Baa1/P-
2/D- ratings were placed on review for possible downgrade.

These ratings were confirmed:

Bank of Scotland (Ireland):

* Bank financial strength rating at D-
* Long-term bank deposit rating at Baa1
* Short-term bank deposit rating at Prime-2

Headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, BOSI reported consolidated
assets of EUR31.8 billion at year-end 2009.


MISS SIXTY: To Close 10 of Remaining 20 Stores in the U.S.
Sharon Edelson at WWD reports that Chieti, Italy-based company
Miss Sixty is closing 10 of its remaining 20 stores in the U.S.

According to WWD, the company suffered a series of financial
setbacks during the height of the recession, entering
administration, a British bankruptcy process, in the U.K.

WWD recalls Miss Sixty in 2008 lost EUR19.5 million, or US$28.6
million, compared with a profit of EUR9.6 million, or US$13.1
million, in 2007.

Miss Sixty SpA founder, chairman and creative director Wichy
Hassan, said the company's U.S. stores were simply not working, in
part due to mismanagement, according to WWD.

TAURUS CMBS: Fitch Junks Rating on Class F Notes From 'BB'
Fitch Ratings has downgraded Taurus CMBS No.2 S.r.l.'s class E and
F notes whilst affirming the class A, B, C, D and G commercial
mortgage-backed floating rate notes and class X detachable coupon.
The class E notes have a Negative Outlook and the class F notes
have been assigned a Recovery Rating of 'RR1'.

  -- EUR17.7m class A (IT0003957005) affirmed at 'AAA'; Outlook

  -- Class X DC affirmed at 'AAA'; Outlook Stable

  -- EUR26.0m class B (IT0003957013) affirmed at 'AAA'; Outlook

  -- EUR14.2m class C (IT0003957021) affirmed at 'AA'; Outlook

  -- EUR16.6m class D (IT0003957039) affirmed at 'A'; Outlook

  -- EUR14.2m class E (IT0003957047) downgraded to 'BB' from
     'BBB'; Outlook Negative

  -- EUR9.5m class F (IT0003957054) downgraded to 'CCC' from 'BB';
     assigned 'RR1'

  -- EUR14.1m class G (IT0003957062) affirmed at 'BB'; Outlook

The rating actions are driven by the interest shortfall suffered
by the class F notes in the April 2010 Interest Payment Date and
the consequences that further loan prepayment may have on the
class E and F bonds.  While the class G is not receiving any
interest as a result of the cumulative effect of loan prepayments,
pursuant to the 'available funds cap' provision, interest is no
longer falling due on the class, which accounts for its

The issuer has one asset remaining, a one-third syndicated
EUR112.5 million portion of the Berenice loan, secured on an
Italian portfolio of mainly office buildings.  This syndicated
amount includes some EUR10.7 million of undrawn commitment, which
is warehoused by the issuer in an account offering a sub-Euribor
rate of interest.  The Berenice borrower intends gradually to
dispose of the portfolio in line with its business plan.
Originally, the collateral comprised 54 commercial properties,
with concentrations in the Milan and Rome regions, and since
closing in December 2005 twelve properties have been sold, with
EUR153.3 million prepaid under the entire loan.  This has resulted
in only modest de-leveraging of the loan, since a 10% release
premium was scheduled to become active after December 2008.
However, a revaluation of the portfolio in December 2009 has seen
a decrease in value of 1% since September 2009.

Out of four loans that were originally securitized in the
transaction, three have repaid, with much of the principal
collected being applied sequentially.  Consequently, note de-
leveraging has supported the ratings of the class A through C
notes.  However, this has led to an increase in the weighted
average (WA) margin of the notes, which caused an interest
shortfall to arise on the class G notes from the October 2007 IPD.
The AFC limits interest due to this class to what is available in
the event of loan prepayments.  However, no such provision applies
to any other classes of notes, which means that for other classes,
the risk of an irrecoverable shortfall may bring about negative
rating action.  On the April 2010 IPD, the servicer reported a
shortfall of EUR7,140 on the class F interest, which was caused by
an increase in the issuer's cost of funding related to a
EUR1 million prepayment being applied sequentially as well as a
one-off increase in senior issuer fees.

Fitch notes that the loan margin is due to step-up from July 2012,
which could reverse the shortfall and reduce the risk of future
ones arising.  However, if, as expected, the borrower continues to
sell properties prior to loan maturity, the risk and magnitude of
interest shortfalls on the class F will grow.  In an extreme
prepayment scenario, even the class E notes could be affected.
Should this arise, shortfalls would likely prove irrecoverable
unless short term interest rates rise.  The relative negative
carry on the undrawn commitment would also rise upon partial loan
repayments.  The risk of an irrecoverable shortfall of interest
explains the negative rating action taken on the class F notes.
The unusual outcome whereby the class G note is rated more highly
than the prior-ranking class F note is due to the AFC on the
former, as well as the good performance of the single underlying


CIRSA FUNDING: S&P Assigns 'B+' Rating on EUR400 Mil. Bonds
Standard & Poor's Ratings Services said that it has assigned its
'B+' long-term issue rating to the proposed up to EUR400 million
unsecured bonds maturing in 2018 to be issued by Cirsa Funding
Luxembourg S.A., a newly formed, fully owned finance subsidiary of
Spain-based Cirsa Gaming Corp. S.A. (B+/Stable/--).  At the same
time, Standard & Poor's has assigned a recovery rating of '4' to
this debt, reflecting its expectations of average (30%-50%)
recovery for creditors in the event of a payment default.  The
issue rating is the same as the corporate credit rating on Cirsa.

S&P understands that the proposed bond issue will only proceed if
Cirsa manages to raise enough funds to reimburse its existing
EUR270 million 2014 bonds and pay the related premium fees, as
well as cover transaction costs associated with the new issuance--
in total, about EUR300 million.  S&P would withdraw the rating on
the proposed new debt in the event of noncompletion of the issue.

The issue ratings on the existing EUR500 million senior unsecured
bonds -- comprising EUR230 million bonds due 2012 issued by Cirsa
Capital Luxembourg S.A. and EUR270 million bonds due 2014 issued
by Cirsa Finance Luxembourg S.A. -- are unchanged at 'B+', in line
with the corporate credit rating on Cirsa.  The recovery rating on
these issues remains at '4' -- the same as that on the proposed
bonds -- indicating S&P's expectation of average (30%-50%)
recovery in the event of a payment default.

With what remains of the new-issuance proceeds after the
aforementioned disbursements, Cirsa plans to repay its existing
short-term bank debt of about EUR50 million, leaving about
EUR60 million of additional cash on balance sheet.

S&P understands that the proposed 2018 bonds will be unsecured and
will benefit from operating-company guarantees representing about
45% of Cirsa's 2009 consolidated EBITDA.  S&P also understands
that the guarantees are the same as those for the 2012 bonds.  S&P
notes that the existing 2014 bonds benefit from additional
operating-company guarantees from the Argentinean business, which
represented about 15% of Cirsa's 2009 EBITDA.

Successful issuance of the proposed bonds would, in S&P's opinion,
simplify Cirsa's capital structure, in particular because both
outstanding bond issues would benefit from identical guarantee
packages.  However, S&P continues to believe that the location of
a significant share of Cirsa's assets in Latin America gives rise
to additional valuation and insolvency regime uncertainties.

The new EUR30 million revolving credit facility, which is
contingent upon the successful completion of the proposed bond
issuance, will, according to S&P's understanding, be taken on by
the parent company.  The maturity is in April 2012, but can be
extended to May 2015 under certain conditions -- in particular if,
prior to April 2012, the 2012 bonds are successfully refinanced
with a maturity at the earliest in August 2015.  S&P understands
that the RCF will be undrawn at the close of the bond issuance.
S&P also understands that the RCF will be secured by pledges from
Cirsa Italia and Cirsa's Bingo operating companies.  In addition,
according to the draft documentation, the RCF should benefit from
operating-company guarantees similar to those of the 2012 and 2018
bond issues, as well as from Cirsa Italia and Cirsa's Bingo
operating companies.

Based on the terms of the intercreditor agreement to be signed by
the 2018 bondholders and the RCF lenders, the RCF will rank ahead
of the 2018 bonds on enforcement.  S&P notes that the existing
2012 bondholders are not party to the new intercreditor agreement,
although S&P believes that this would not affect the relative
ranking between the 2012 and 2018 bonds since S&P considers both
instruments to rank pari passu with each other.

The proposed bonds have incurrence-based covenants, in particular
a 2.5x fixed-charge coverage ratio limit for additional debt
incurrence (the same as in the documentation for the 2012 bonds).
However, these covenants will not prevent Cirsa from raising, in
particular, up to EUR100 million of additional credit facilities,
up to EUR25 million of additional capital leases, up to
EUR50 million of indebtedness in permitted joint ventures, or a
general envelope of up to EUR75 million.

                         Recovery Analysis

Given Cirsa's leading market positions, S&P has valued it as a
going concern.  S&P deem this valuation method as more appropriate
than a liquidation valuation given the business' high regulatory
barriers to entry and its cash-generative characteristics.

S&P has simulated a default in 2012, at which point S&P forecasts
that EBITDA will have declined by 43% since year-end 2009, to
about EUR120 million.

S&P has valued the business using a combination of discounted cash
flow and market multiple approaches in order to incorporate S&P's
view of both Cirsa's distressed performance in S&P's simulated
default scenario and sector dynamics.  Consequently, S&P estimates
Cirsa's enterprise value at the simulated point of default to be
about EUR660 million, which corresponds to a blended enterprise-
value-to-EBITDA multiple of 5.5x.

"S&P note that Cirsa's material exposure to Latin American
countries -- about 55% of its 2009 consolidated EBITDA -- could
make S&P's valuation estimate volatile and complicate enforcement
proceedings over the related assets," said Ms. Devevey.

S&P estimates recovery prospects for the pari passu bondholders in
the 30%-50% range (hence S&P's recovery rating of '4'), after
considering other pari passu obligations (in particular, the
bilateral bank lines sitting at the level of various bonds'
guarantors) and deducting priority liabilities of about
EUR315 million (comprising enforcement costs and priority debt --
in particular, the bilateral bank lines sitting at the operating
companies that are not guarantors, as well as the super senior

                           Ratings List

                        Ratings Unaffected

                      Cirsa Gaming Corp. S.A.

             Corporate credit rating     B+/Stable/--

    Cirsa Finance Luxembourg S.A./Cirsa Capital Luxembourg S.A.

                  Senior unsecured*           B+
                   Recovery rating            4

                         Ratings Assigned

                   Cirsa Funding Luxembourg S.A.

                  Senior unsecured*           B+
                   Recovery rating            4

             * Guaranteed by Cirsa Gaming Corp. S.A.


METINVEST BV: Fitch Assigns 'B-' Senior Unsecured Rating
Fitch Ratings has assigned METINVEST B.V.'s proposed issue of
Notes an expected senior unsecured rating of 'B-'.  (The rating is
constrained by Ukraine's sovereign ratings: 'B-'/Stable/'B').  The
upcoming issue has also been assigned an expected Recovery Rating
of 'RR4'.  The final rating is contingent on receipt of final
documentation conforming materially to information already
received and confirmation regarding the amount and tenor of the

Fitch rates Metinvest's Long-term foreign currency Issuer Default
Rating at 'B-', its Long-term local currency IDR at 'B', and
National Long-term rating at 'AA+(ukr)'.  All three ratings have
Stable Outlooks.  Metinvest's Short-term foreign currency IDR is
'B', its Short-term local currency IDR is 'B' and the National
Short-term rating is 'F1+(ukr)'.  The Long-term foreign currency
IDR remains constrained by Ukraine's sovereign ratings.  The
Recovery Rating for the senior unsecured debt is 'RR4'.

Metinvest is planning to use proceeds from the notes to finance
its capital expenditure program and for general corporate
purposes.  The notes trust deed and other related documents are
governed by English law.  The notes are fully, unconditionally and
irrevocably guaranteed on a joint and several basis by major
operating assets of Metinvest.

The expected tenor for the bond is five years.  The terms
contained in the notes' prospectus state that the notes rank at
least equally with all senior, unsubordinated, unconditional and
unsecured indebtedness of Metinvest, and includes a negative
pledge (albeit with a comprehensive list of permitted liens),
restrictions on mergers and disposals and a certain limitation on
dividend payments and transactions with affiliates.  The notes
prospectus also includes a consolidated leverage (debt/EBITDA)
ratio covenant of 3x.

In FY09, Metinvest reported consolidated revenue of
US$6,026 million, 55% below that of FY08, due to the global
recession and the downturn in the steel industry.  The company
also reported an EBITDAR margin of 23% (FY08: 35%).  In accordance
with Fitch's internally produced, conservative rating case
forecasts, the agency estimates Metinvest's 2010 revenue will be
8%-10% above that of 2009, and anticipates an EBITDAR margin of

As of FY09, Metinvest had total debt of US$2.4 billion, including
US$1.2 billion of short-term debt, a gross debt/EBITDAR ratio of
1.63x, and a net debt/EBITDAR ratio of 0.74x.  The agency
estimates gross debt/EBITDAR in 2010 at between 1.2x-1.5x, and the
EBITDAR/gross interest expenses ratio at 9x-12x.

SENSATA TECHNOLOGIES: Posts US$27.6MM Net Income for March 31 Qtr
Sensata Technologies B.V. filed with the Securities and Exchange
Commission its quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarterly
period ended March 31, 2010.

The Company swung to net income of US$27,678,000 for the three
months ended March 31, 2010, from a net loss of US$10,185,000 for
the year ago quarter.  The Company reported net revenue of
US$377,137,000 for the past quarter from US$239,016,000 for the
year ago quarter.

As of March 31, 2010, the Company had total assets of
US$3,206,356,000 against total liabilities of US$2,665,974,000,
resulting in stockholders' equity of US$540,382,000.

As of December 31, 2009, the Company had total assets of
US$3,163,127,000 against total liabilities of US$2,776,380,000,
resulting in shareholder's equity of US$386,747,000.

A full-text copy of the Company's quarterly report is available at
no charge at

                           About Sensata

Almelo, Netherlands-based Sensata Technologies B.V. -- supplies sensing, electrical
protection, control and power management solutions.  Majority-
owned by affiliates of Bain Capital Partners, LLC, a leading
global private investment firm, and its co-investors, Sensata
employs approximately 9,500 people in nine countries.  Sensata's
products improve safety, efficiency and comfort for millions of
people every day in automotive, appliance, aircraft, industrial,
military, heavy vehicle, heating, air-conditioning, data,
telecommunications, recreational vehicle and marine applications.

As reported by the TCR on December 7, 2009, Moody's Investors
Service has upgraded Sensata Technologies B.V.'s Corporate Family
and Probability of Default ratings to Caa1 from Caa2, as well as
the company's senior secured credit facility to B2, senior
unsecured notes to Caa2, and senior subordinated notes to Caa3.
In a related rating action, Moody's affirmed the Company's
Speculative Grade Liquidity rating at SGL-3.  The outlook is

The TCR on Nov. 4, 2009, said that Standard & Poor's affirmed the
ratings on Attleboro, Massachusetts-based Sensata Technologies,
Inc., including the 'CCC+' corporate credit rating.  At the same
time, S&P revised the outlook on the company to stable from


TVN FINANCE: Moody's Assigns 'B1' Rating on EUR148 Mil. Notes
Moody's Investors Service has assigned B1 rating to the senior
notes worth approximately EUR148 million and due 2017 that were
issued by TVN Finance Corporation II A.B. to the parent company of
TVN S.A., ITI Group, back in March 2010.  The notes are guaranteed
on a senior unsecured basis by TVN S.A., and some of its
subsidiaries, and have the same terms and conditions as, and rank
pari passu with, the EUR405 million notes issued in November 2009.
The proceeds of the debt issue that has been rated have been used
to acquire the remaining 49% stake in the "n" DTH platform in
March 2010.

The issuance is in line with Moody's earlier expectations as
outlined in Moody's Press Release published on November 9, 2009.

The last rating action on TVN was implemented on November 9, 2009,
when Moody's downgraded the CFR to B1 from Ba3, affirmed the
Probability of Default Rating of Ba3, assigned B1 rating to the
EUR405 million notes due 2017 and changed the outlook on the
ratings to stable from negative.

Headquartered in Warsaw, TVN is one of the leading television
broadcasters in Poland.  It also owns and operates Poland's
leading internet portal,, and Pay-TV DTH operator "n".  As
of December 2009, the company reported net revenues of
approximately PLN2.1 billion and EBITDA of PLN795 million.


OTP OJSC: Fitch Upgrades Individual Rating to 'D' From 'D/E'
Fitch Ratings has affirmed the Support rating of OTP bank Plc at
'2' and the Long-term Issuer Default Rating of Russia-based OJSC
OTP Bank's at 'BB' with a Negative Outlook.  Fitch has
simultaneously upgraded OTPR's Individual Rating to 'D' from
'D/E'.  As Fitch does not conduct a full credit review of OTPH,
the agency has only assigned a Support Rating.  A full rating
breakdown of OTPR is provided at the end of this comment.

OTPH's Support Rating reflects Fitch's view on its systemic
importance to the domestic banking system and the high probability
of support that would likely be forthcoming from the Republic of
Hungary ('BBB'/Negative/'F3') if needed.

OTPR's IDRs continue to be based on the likely still high
propensity of OTPH providing support to its subsidiary in case of
need.  OTPH's operating environment in its domestic and major
international markets in which the group is active continue to
face challenges as reflected in the higher loan impairment
charges.  However, compared with Q408, the market conditions have
become somewhat more stable.  Fitch notes that OTPH remained
profitable throughout the crisis and that its Tier1 capital ratio
at 13.8% at end-2009 is adequate.  Fitch is informed that the bank
had liquidity reserves of EUR6 billion at end-2009 of which
EUR1.2bn will be required to cover for debt maturing during 2010,
excluding mortgage bonds.  Fitch understands that OTPH remains a
committed strategic investor to the region.

OTPR's Long-term IDRs could be downgraded if Hungary's sovereign
creditworthiness (foreign currency Long-term IDR
'BBB'/Negative/F3) and operating environment continue to
deteriorate, which could further weaken OTPH's standalone credit
profile and the ability of the sovereign to support the group, in
case of need.

The upgrade of OTPR's Individual Rating to 'D' reflects the
improvement in the Russian operating environment, the
stabilization of loan impairment levels, greater diversification
of funding and a reduction in risk in the bank's securities book.
Non-performing loans (NPLs, overdue by more than 90 days) at end-
2009 were a high 13.2% (end-2008: 10.4%), with 5.3% of the gross
portfolio written off during the year; however, Fitch does not
expect asset quality metrics to show any further significant
deterioration in 2010 given the recovery of the Russian economy, a
tightening of underwriting criteria and expected loan growth.
Retail NPLs stood at 16.8% at end-2009, which in part reflects the
higher-risk, higher-return nature of the bank's portfolio, while
corporate NPLs were a low 3%.

Some diversification of the funding base has been achieved through
a 41% increase in domestic deposits in 2009; however, parent bank
funding remained a significant 34% of liabilities at end-2009.
The liquidity position is currently comfortable, supported by
credit lines available from the parent bank and the Central Bank
of Russia, as well as the short-term and amortizing nature of the
retail loan book.  The risk profile of the securities' portfolio
at the OTPR level has also decreased following the sale of certain
Kazakh bank bonds.

The Individual Rating also takes into account the bank's only
moderate capitalization with a regulatory ratio at 13.2% at end-
Q110, which nevertheless could potentially allow the bank to
increase its impairment reserves up to 17.3% of the gross
portfolio compared with the actual level of 11.6% at end-Q110.
Core profitability weakened due to higher credit and funding costs
in 2009, but remained solid and should rebound in 2010 on the back
of lower impairment charges, notwithstanding possible further
margin pressure.  In addition, the capital gain on the bank's
securities' portfolio positively affected internal capital
generation in 2009.

The rating actions on OTPR are:

  -- Long-term foreign currency IDR: affirmed at 'BB'; Outlook

  -- Long-term local currency IDR: assigned at 'BB'; Outlook

  -- Short-term foreign currency IDR: affirmed at 'B'

  -- Support Rating: affirmed at '3'

  -- Individual Rating: upgraded to 'D' from 'D/E'

  -- National Long-term rating: affirmed at 'AA-(rus)'; Outlook

With total consolidated assets of US$3 billion, OBR was the 37th-
largest Russian bank at end- 2009.  OTPH currently holds a 95.8%
stake.  OTPH was the largest bank in Hungary by total assets with
a 26.3% share of system assets and 29.3% of retail deposits, based
on end-2009 data.

In Fitch's rating criteria, a bank's standalone risk is reflected
in Fitch's Individual ratings and the prospect of external support
is reflected in Fitch's Support ratings.  Collectively these
ratings drive Fitch's Long- and Short-term IDRs.


CENTRAL EUROPEAN: S&P Raises Corporate Credit Rating to 'B'
Standard & Poor's Ratings Services said that it has raised its
long-term corporate credit rating on Bermuda-based emerging
markets TV broadcaster Central European Media Enterprises Ltd. to
'B' from 'B-'.  The outlook is stable.

S&P also raised to 'B' from 'B-' the long-term debt ratings on
CME's US$475 million senior secured convertible notes due 2013,
?440 million notes due 2016, and ?150 million notes due 2014.

"The upgrade mainly reflects S&P's view that CME's liquidity and
business risk profile have materially improved following the
recent completion of the Ukrainian disposal and Bulgarian
acquisition," said Standard & Poor's credit analyst Melvyn Cooke.

In particular, S&P believes that liquidity, which was its main
concern at the previous rating level, is now adequate under its
scenario of relatively flat advertising markets in 2010 in the
countries where CME operates.  S&P also understands the group's
financial policy to be less aggressive going forward, especially
regarding M&A transactions, and view this shift as a rating

The stable outlook primarily reflects S&P's opinion that CME's
liquidity -- mainly supported by large cash balances -- stands to
remain adequate over the next few quarters, despite expected
significant negative free cash flow in 2010.  The outlook
incorporates S&P's expectation that CME's negative free cash flow
is likely to decrease progressively in the next few quarters,
thanks to a slowly improving advertising market, its exit from the
heavily loss-making Ukraine operations, and from the integration
of the newly acquired free cash flow generating bTV businesses.

"S&P therefore anticipate, under its scenario of slow recovery in
CME's advertising markets in 2010 and 2011, that the group may
generate -- or approach -- positive free cash flow in 2011," said
Mr.  Cooke.

S&P also expect CME to continue sustaining or improving its
audience and its advertising market shares in the foreseeable
future.  The outlook does not factor in any material debt-funded

Downward rating pressure could stem from significant operating
underperformance and/or materially larger-than-expected
deterioration in CME's liquidity over the next few quarters,
including higher-than-expected negative free cash flows in 2010
and 2011.

A return to a more aggressive financial policy, such as a
significant debt-funded acquisition resulting in reduced liquidity
and significantly higher-than-expected leverage, would also weigh
on the ratings.

A positive rating action could stem from a material improvement in
advertising spending in the company's key markets that would
translate into strong EBITDA margin growth, significantly improved
prospects for free cash flow generation, and faster-than-expected

U N I T E D   K I N G D O M

BRITISH AIRWAYS: Four Executives Engaged in Price-Fixing
Jane Croft at The Financial Times reports that the Southwark Crown
Court was told on Monday that four British Airways executives
"colludes" with Virgin Atlantic Airways as part of a price-fixing
conspiracy that led to millions of air passengers being
overcharged for transatlantic flights.

According to the FT, the court was told that the four executives
agreed with each other and with three Virgin executives to make
and implement agreements between July 2004 and April 2006 that led
to price fixing.

The BA executives on trial include Martin George, BA's former
commercial director; Iain Burns, BA's former head of
communications; and Alan Burnett, the airline's former head of UK
and Ireland sales, the FT discloses.  The fourth man -- Andrew
Crawley, BA's sales and marketing director -- still works for the
carrier and was promoted to the company's management board in
2008, the FT says.  All men have pleaded not guilty, the FT notes.

The FT relates Richard Latham QC, prosecuting for the Office of
Fair Trading, claimed that the four men "side-stepped" the proper
process and that there was "an escalation of what we allege is
illegal cartel activity" and that the "unlawful agreement between
the two airlines developed over time and the agreement became
stronger with every increase" in the surcharge.

According to the FT, Mr. Latham told the court that Steve Ridgway,
chief executive of Virgin Atlantic, as well as Willy Boulter,
commercial director, and Paul Moore, director of corporate
affairs, had admitted to cartel offenses and had been granted
immunity from prosecution in what Mr. Latham called a "necessary

The FT recounts the court was told during 2005 and the second half
of 2004, BA raised GBP64 million from the passenger fuel surcharge
which was introduced to cushion the impact of rising oil prices.

                      About British Airways

Headquartered in Harmondsworth, England, British Airways Plc,
along with its subsidiaries, (LON:BAY) -- is
engaged in the operation of international and domestic scheduled
air services for the carriage of passengers, freight and mail and
the provision of ancillary services.  The Company's principal
place of business is Heathrow.  It also operates a worldwide air
cargo business, in conjunction with its scheduled passenger
services.  The Company operates international scheduled airline
route networks together with its codeshare and franchise partners,
and flies to more than 300 destinations worldwide.  During the
fiscal year ended March 31, 2009 (fiscal 2009), the Company
carried more than 33 million passengers.  It carried 777,000 tons
of cargo to destinations in Europe, the Americas and throughout
the world.  In July 2008, the Company's subsidiary, BA European
Limited (trading as OpenSkies), acquired the French airline,

                           *     *     *

As reported in the Troubled Company Reporter-Europe on Nov. 12,
2009, Moody's Investors Service placed the Ba3 Corporate Family
and Probability of Default Ratings of British Airways plc and the
senior unsecured and subordinate ratings of B1 and B2 under review
for possible downgrade.  Moody's said the rating action reflects
the continued weakening in profitability in the first half of
FY2010 (to September 2009), with an operating loss of GBP111
million reported versus a profit of GBP140 million a year earlier
(post restructuring charges), and Moody's view that losses in
FY2010 will likely be higher than in FY2009.  This comes in spite
of lower operating costs, notably for fuel, as demand in the
industry remains very depressed, while the company has
successfully reduced its employee and selling costs.  Reported net
debt remained constant during the period, partly benefiting from a
positive exchange rate impact, although Moody's debt metrics also
incorporate the full value of the convertible notes issued in
August 2009.

HERTFORD INT'L: Share Suspension to Be Lifted on May 13
ShareCast reports that Hertford International is set to return
from suspension next month after proposing to enter into a Company
Voluntary Arrangement.  The company has also decided to change its
name to Otium Ventures and adopt an investing policy, the report

The report recalls trading in Hertford shares was suspended at
4 pence each on November 5 after it admitted there was an ongoing
deferred consideration dispute between itself and Provident
Financial over the company's purchase of Cheque Exchange.

According to the report, shares are expected to return from
suspension on May 13 following the approval and acceptance of the
CVA proposal.

Hertford International Group Plc -- is a United Kingdom-
based company.  The Company owns 100% interest of its trading
subsidiary, CrewCard Networks Limited, whose principal activity is
developing technology and systems for the distribution, and usage
of prepaid debit cards.  The Company's subsidiary CrewCall Network
Limited develops new offerings for the calling telephony market.
On January 30, 2009, the Company purchased 100% interest in Cheque
Exchange Limited., which provides cheque cashing and money
transfer facilities through a network of over 750 agents

HULL CITY: In Negotiations with Creditors Over GBP35 Mil. Debt
Rachael Singh at Accountancy Age reports that Hull City FC is
looking to renegotiate its GBP35 million of debts over fears that
the club could face insolvency.

The club, which is audited by Deloitte, is apparently negotiating
loans with creditors and hopes to make an announcement this week
about its financial restructuring, the Accountancy Age says,
citing The Guardian.

Following the last audit, Deloitte warned the club it could face a
struggle to continue as a going concern, Accountancy Age notes.

David Anderson at Mirror Football reports that Hull City owner
Russell Bartlett is determined to avoid going into administration
and insists the club can "trade through" their financial crisis.

According to Mirror Football, Mr. Bartlett believes he can
restructure Hull's GBP35 million debt and slash the club's GBP39
million wage bill.

"We face a tough period to trade through the transitional period
and readjust the business to life in the Championship, but I am
confident we can do that," Mirror Football quoted Mr. Bartlett as
saying.  "We are presently preparing plans to trade through and
within that process to significantly lower the wage bill and
potentially to restructure other liabilities."

Hull City Association Football Club is an English football club
based in Kingston upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, founded in

INTERNATIONAL PERSONAL: Fitch Assigns 'BB+' Rating on Senior Notes
Fitch Ratings has assigned International Personal Finance Plc's
euro-denominated senior unsecured notes due May 2015 an expected
Long-term rating of 'BB+'.

The notes will be issued under IPF's euro medium-term note
program.  IPF is rated Long-term Issuer Default Rating 'BB+' with
a Stable Outlook and Short-term IDR 'B'.

The final rating is contingent on the receipt of final documents
conforming to information already received.

The company is listed in London and focuses on emerging market
home-collected small unsecured loans.

LLOYDS BANKING: Put Vue Entertainment Up for Sale
Helen Power at Times Online reports that Lloyds Banking Group is
putting the cinema chain Vue Entertainment up for sale.  According
to Times Online, the sale is at an early stage, but at least half
the cinema chain is expected to be auctioned to another investor
this year.

Vue has about 20% of the UK's cinema market and about 33 million
people a year visit its 65 cinemas, Times Online discloses.  The
vendors hope that the sale of the stake could raise as much as
GBP400 million, Times Online says.

The business is part of the HBOS Integrated Finance private equity
portfolio, which Lloyds inherited when it took over the ailing
bank in 2008, Times Online notes.

                  About Lloyds Banking Group PLC

Lloyds Banking Group PLC, formerly Lloyds TSB Group plc,
(LON:LLOY) -- is a United
Kingdom-based financial services group providing a range of
banking and financial services, primarily in the United Kingdom,
to personal and corporate customers.  The Company operates in
three divisions: UK Retail Banking, Insurance and Investments, and
Wholesale and International Banking.  Its main business activities
are retail, commercial and corporate banking, general insurance,
and life, pensions and investment provision.  The Company also
operates an international banking business with a global footprint
in 40 countries.  Services are offered through a number of brands,
including Lloyds TSB, Halifax, Bank of Scotland, Scottish Widows,
Clerical Medical and Cheltenham & Gloucester.  On January 16,
2009, Lloyds Banking Group plc acquired HBOS plc.

                           *     *     *

As reported by the Troubled Company Reporter-Europe on March 17,
2010, Standard & Poor's Ratings Services said that it lowered its
rating on a GBP56.472 million 6.475% preference share issue by
Lloyds Banking Group (A/Stable/A-1) to 'C' from 'CC' following the
first missed coupon payment.  The counterparty credit ratings on
Lloyds are unaffected by this action.  The rating action is the
first of S&P's forthcoming rating actions on over 40 hybrid
instruments issued by Lloyds and related entities with
discretionary coupon payments.  Each security will be lowered to
'C' from 'CC' on the date of the first coupon payment to be

ROYAL BANK: To Tighten Performance Targets on CEO Bonus Scheme
Miles Costello at Times Online reports that Royal Bank of Scotland
will tighten performance targets on a multimillion-pound bonus
scheme for its chief executive.

According to Times Online, Sir Philip Hampton will admit to
shareholders at the bank's annual meeting this week that the
previous level at which the scheme would pay out -- the share
price reaching 50p -- was too low.  The RBS chairman will pledge
to set new, stricter criteria for Stephen Hester's bonus, in
acknowledgement of the recent recovery in the bank's share price,
Times Online says.  The pay plan, already outlined in the annual
report, had threatened to spark a protest among leading
institutional shareholders, who are keen to ensure that executive
bonus deals carry rigorous performance targets, Times Online

Mr. Hester's scheme is a rolling three-year incentive plan that
began this year and will run until the end of 2012, Times Online
discloses.  The share price target for the previous scheme was
also 50p, Times Online states.

Mr. Hampton will say that RBS will agree a deal for Mr. Hester
only after holding talks with leading shareholders, according to
Times Online.  He will also seek the approval of UK Financial
Investments, which manages the Government's stakes in nationalized
and partially state-owned lenders, Times Online notes.

The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc (NYSE:RBS) -- is a holding company of The Royal Bank of
Scotland plc (Royal Bank) and National Westminster Bank Plc
(NatWest), which are United Kingdom-based clearing banks.  The
company's activities are organized in six business divisions:
Corporate Markets (comprising Global Banking and Markets and
United Kingdom Corporate Banking), Retail Markets (comprising
Retail and Wealth Management), Ulster Bank, Citizens, RBS
Insurance and Manufacturing.  On October 17, 2007, RFS Holdings
B.V. (RFS Holdings), a company jointly owned by RBS, Fortis N.V.,
Fortis SA/NV and Banco Santander S.A. (the Consortium Banks) and
controlled by RBS, completed the acquisition of ABN AMRO Holding
N.V. (ABN AMRO).  In July 2008, the company disposed its entire
interest in Global Voice Group Ltd.

                           *     *     *

As reported by the Troubled Company Reporter-Europe on March 29,
2010, Standard & Poor's Ratings Services said that it lowered its
ratings on "may pay" Tier 1 securities issued or guaranteed by The
Royal Bank of Scotland Group PLC (A/Stable/A-1) to 'C' from 'CC'.
At the same time, the rating on the RBSG-related security issued
by Argon Capital PLC was similarly lowered to 'C' from 'CC'.  The
counterparty credit ratings and stand-alone credit profiles of
RBSG and subsidiaries, and the ratings on other debt securities
issued by these entities, are unaffected.

UK COAL: Puts Agricultural Land Up for Sale as Debt Levels Soar
William MacNamara at The Financial Times reports that UK Coal said
it was taking on more debt and selling one-third of its 28,000-
acre portfolio of agricultural land after making a larger than
expected pre-tax loss of GBP129 million last year.

According to the FT, the company has taken on GBP30 million in new
loan facilities and extended the terms of its existing loans.  Net
debt of GBP182 million gave the group a gearing level of 119% at
the year end, compared with 46% in 2008, the FT discloses.

"We consider our debt levels too high," the FT quoted UK Coal
Chairman David Jones, as saying in a statement, "and therefore
intend to take advantage of the current strong market values for
agricultural land to pursue the disposal of a significant
proportion of our agricultural estate and to explore joint-
venturing the development of a larger part of our brownfield land

The FT notes the company said that 28,000 acres of its 43,500-acre
total portfolio was agricultural land, and that selling about one-
third of this was expected to raise some GBP35 million.

                         Cashflow Crisis

Robert Lea at Times Online reports that UK Coal on Monday said
production problems had prompted a cashflow crisis, an eightfold
increase in losses and the abortion of a potential GBP350 million
merger with the mining group Hargreaves Services.

Times Online relates pre-tax losses sank to GBP129 million in
2009, from GBP15 million the previous year, and revenues dived
from GBP392 million to GBP316 million.  This was a result of lower
production levels, which in turn left the group locked into less
profitable legacy supply contracts with big coal-fired power
stations in the Midlands and South Yorkshire, Times Online

"UK Coal is deeply in the mire and appears to be running out of
options," Times Online quoted Roger Bade, an analyst at Libertas
Capital, as saying.

Times Online says the uncertainty at UK Coal has prompted
Hargreaves Services to step back from talks, admitting that it had
not been able to do due diligence.  It is understood that
Hargreaves Services might be interested in UK Coal's smaller open-
cast operations but not the troubled deep mines, Times Online

According to Times Online, cash was flowing out of the company at
a rate of GBP17 million a month in the first quarter of this year.

UK Coal plc -- is a United Kingdom-based
company engaged in surface and underground coal mining, property
regeneration and management, and power generation.  The Company
operates four deep mines, located in Central and Northern England.
Its deep mines business consists of Daw Mill (Warwickshire),
Kellingley (Yorkshire) and Thoresby and Welbeck (Nottinghamshire).
The Company had five active surface mines. Total surface mining
reserves and resources are estimated at approximately 55 million
tons.  The Company owns approximately 45,000 acres (18,200
hectares) of predominantly agricultural land.  During the year
ended December 31, 2008, it acquired 50% of UK Strategic
Partnership Limited as a joint venture company with Strategic
Sites Limited for the development of certain investment
properties.  In January 2009, it sold 50% share in Coal4Energy
Limited to Hargreaves Services PLC.

UK SPV: Fitch Assigns 'B-' Rating on Limited Recourse Notes
Fitch Ratings has assigned UK SPV Credit Finance plc's upcoming
issue of US$-denominated limited recourse notes an expected Long-
term rating of 'B-' and a Recovery Rating of 'RR4'.  The notes are
expected to have a maturity of five years.  The final ratings are
contingent on the receipt of final documentation conforming
materially to information already received.

The notes are to be used solely for financing a loan to Ukraine-
based PJSC CB PRIVATBANK (PrivatBank).  Fitch rates PrivatBank
Long-term Issuer Default 'B-', Short-term IDR 'B', Individual
'D/E', Support '5' and Support Rating Floor 'No Floor'.  The
Outlook on the Long-term IDR is Stable.  UK SPV Credit Finance
plc, a UK-based company, will only pay noteholders amounts
(principal and interest) received from PrivatBank under the loan

The claims under the loan agreement will rank at least equally
with the claims of other senior unsecured creditors of PrivatBank,
save those preferred by relevant laws.  Under Ukrainian law, the
claims of retail depositors rank above those of other senior
unsecured creditors.  At end-2009, retail depositors accounted for
a high 50% of PrivatBank's non-equity funding, according to the
bank's audited consolidated IFRS accounts, which could
significantly limit recoveries for PrivatBank's other senior
creditors in a default scenario.  While, in Fitch's view, this
risk is not at present sufficient to warrant a Recovery Rating of
below 'RR4' for the notes, any significant further increase in the
proportion of retail funding in PrivatBank's liabilities could
lead to a revision of the Recovery Rating and downgrade of the
Long-term rating of the notes.  Nevertheless, Fitch notes that the
successful completion of the current transaction would result, at
least temporarily, in a reduction in the proportion of retail

The loan agreement contains a set of covenants, including those
which limit disposals, mergers and other types of corporate
reorganizations by PrivatBank and its material subsidiaries and
stipulate that operations with affiliates should be conducted on
an arm's-length basis.  A 'negative pledge' clause allows for a
creation of a lien (including securitization) on up to 35% of
PrivatBank's total assets.  PrivatBank and any of its banking
subsidiaries also commit to comply with any capital adequacy ratio
requirements set by the relevant banking authority (minimum
capital adequacy ratio is 10% for Ukraine).  According to the
terms of the loan agreement, a cross default is triggered if the
overdue indebtedness of PrivatBank or any of its subsidiaries
exceeds US$20 million.  PrivatBank shall redeem the notes if the
bank's majority shareholders (Igor Kolomojsky and Gennady
Bogolubov) cease to own together, directly or indirectly, more
than 50% of the voting stock of PrivatBank and if such an event
results in a downgrade of PrivatBank's ratings.

WEDGWOOD MUSEUM: In Administration; Fund-Raising Planned
Emma Strawford at Staffs LIVE reports that the Wedgwood Museum in
Stoke-on-Trent has gone into administration.  The report relates
the administrators were called in on April 23, following the news
of a GBP134 million pension fund deficit from the collapse of the
Wedgwood company.

According to the report, insolvency practitioner Begbies Traynor
is planning a fund-raising campaign to pay off the museum's
creditors and avoid having to sell off any of the items in its

No staff redundancies are expected for the time being, the report

* UK: Firms In Major Financial Distress Up 14% in 1st Qtr. 2010
Scott Hamilton at Bloomberg News, citing a survey by Begbies
Traynor Group Plc, reports that the number of U.K. companies in
major financial distress rose 14% in the first quarter of the year
as more creditors took legal action to recover debts.

Bloomberg relates Begbies Traynor said in a report released Monday
that some 161,601 companies have "significant" or "critical"
financial difficulties in the first three months of the year
compared with 141,527 in the previous quarter.  According to
Bloomberg, the Manchester, England-based insolvency specialist
said in the report the companies owe about GBP55 billion (US$85
billion) to creditors and suppliers.

Bloomberg notes Begbies Traynor said part of the increase is due
to more creditors taking court action to get money repaid and help
bolster their own finances as they seek to take advantage of the
economic recovery.  The insolvency specialist, as cited by
Bloomberg, said an expected rise in U.K. interest rates over the
next year may push more businesses into difficulties.

* UK: February-March Business Insolvency Rate Up 0.114%
Jonathan Moules at The Financial Times, citing figures released
last week by business information provider Experian, reports that
the proportion of businesses going insolvent increased from 0.096%
to 0.114% between February and March.

The FT says last month's rise in insolvencies was driven by
failures among businesses employing 26 to 50 people, of whom 0.34%
were reported to be insolvent.

According to the FT, among medium-sized companies -- those
employing between 101 and 500 people -- the insolvency rate fell
from 0.17 to 0.16% in March, while the lowest insolvency rate, of
0.07%, is held by companies employing just one or two people.

* UK: Small Businesses Hit by Late Payments, Research Says
Small businesses are being forced to write-off debt at a faster
rate because they are struggling to reduce a near GBP63 billion
mountain of unpaid bills, Roland Gribben at The Daily Telegraph

Nearly three out of four small-and-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)
have been hit by late payments over the last year but less than
half have taken steps to reduce the pressure, the report said,
citing research, by NatWest and its Royal Bank of Scotland parent,
among 500 companies.  Invoices for GBP15.7 billion are more than
120 days in arrears, the report disclosed.

NatWest and RBS estimate less than half SMEs have taken action
with 11% hiring an in-house credit controller, 9% using invoice
discounting and 8% factoring to ease cash flow pressures, the
report noted.

* UK: HSBC Seeks Support for Bank Levy Plan
Patrick Jenkins and Sharlene Goff at The Financial Times report
that HSBC is seeking support for a plan to direct any industry-
wide bank levy into government-sponsored venture capital agencies.

The FT relates the bank has toured Europe seeking support for its
ideas that include varying the capital buffers that banks are
required to hold, depending on economic conditions.  According to
the FT, the bank believes banks should hold higher capital
cushions in good times to absorb losses when conditions decline.

The HSBC plan would inject equity into capital-starved small and
medium businesses, the FT says.  That would remove a big obstacle
to lending -- banks only lend to businesses that can prove they
have sufficient equity in place, the FT states.

Critics say venture capital financing is not the business of
government, the FT notes.


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