NEW YORK -- Moody's Investors Service here assigned first-time ratings yesterday to Sharp Holdings Corp., the proposed ultimate parent company of Smart & Final, Los Angeles, and said the outlook is stable, reflecting Moody‘s expectation that Smart & Final will continue to improve margins and comparable-store sales growth. The ratings were assigned in connection with the planned $890 million acquisition of Smart & Final by Apollo Management, which is expected to close in late May. ...
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