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CATV Industry Analysis and Credit Benchmarks

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The 2014 benchmarks for the cable television industry reveal some unmistakable trends in credit risk and profitablilty that companies would be wise to follow.

Cable companies have tightened their credit standards in recent years even as most have been losing subscribers, according to the 2014 industry benchmark data compiled for the Credit Standards Index (CSI).  Improved credit standards have led to higher profitability and the equity makets have taken notice.  Days' sales outstanding (DSO) has continued to rise since the financial crisis.

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