This excerpt taken from the WYN 8-K filed Jul 19, 2006.
Our debt rating may suffer a downgrade, which may restrict our access to capital markets.
After giving effect to our separation, our syndicated credit facilities have been rated BBB and Baa2 by Standard & Poors and Moodys, respectively. As a result of global economic and political events or natural disasters, it is possible that the rating agencies may downgrade the rating and/or outlook for many of the companies in the hospitality industry, including our company, and a downgrade could increase our borrowing costs and therefore could adversely affect our financial results. In addition, it is possible that rating agencies may downgrade our rating and our outlook for the company based on our results of operations and financial condition. A downgrade in our credit rating could, in particular, increase our costs of capital under our credit facilities and the amounts of collateral required by our letters of credit. Pricing of any amounts drawn under our syndicated bank credit facilities includes a spread to LIBOR that increases as our ratings from Standard & Poors and Moodys decrease. The amounts of collateral required by our letters of credit may increase as a result of a downgrade in our credit rating. A security rating is not a recommendation to buy, sell or hold securities and is subject to revision or withdrawal by the assigning rating organization. Each rating should be evaluated independently of any other rating.