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Fitch Upgrades Dana’s Debt

Fitch Ratings on Tuesday raised its rating on Dana Corp. and said that lower debt and a healthier cash position could lead to another upgrade.

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SAN FRANCISCO — Fitch Ratings on Tuesday raised its rating on Dana Corp. and said that lower debt and a healthier cash position could lead to another upgrade.

The ratings change affects $2.5 billion of the Toledo, Ohio-based auto parts maker’s debt, according to Fitch.

Shares of Dana Corp. fell 13 cents to finish the trading day at $16.74.

Fitch said in a statement that it expects Dana to cut its net debt by almost a third through a combination of debt reduction and the maintenance of a strong cash balance.

The agency lifted its rating on Dana’s senior unsecured debt rating to “BB-plus” from “BB,” and said that another upgrade could be on the way, pending Dana’s final resolution on what to do with the proceeds from its $1-billion sale of the Automotive Aftermarket Group to the Cypress Group.

At the time of the sale back in August, the Toledo, Ohio-based company said it planned to use the money to pay down debt, contribute to its pension plan and make investments in its core business.

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