Standard & Poor’s revised the outlook on the BBB-plus rating on Westminster, Md.’s Series 2002 and 2006 revenue bonds issued for McDaniel College to negative from stable.

The outlook revision reflects Standard & Poor’s assessment of the college’s enrollment declines, operating deficits on a full-accrual basis, weakening demand profile and resultant pressure on net tuition revenue.

At the same time, the agency affirmed the BBB-plus on the debt.

The rating currently remains supported by Standard & Poor’s assessment of the college’s strong balance sheet and moderate debt burden.

“We could consider a downgrade during the outlook’s period if operating deficits were to continue, enrollment were to decline further or additional debt issuance were to result in a higher debt burden,” said Standard & Poor’s analyst Emily Avila. “We, however, believe a positive rating action is unlikely within the outlook’s period because we do not believe the college will generate full-accrual operating results or substantially grow enrollment over that period.”

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