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Rite Aid forecasts Q1 profit; in debt refinancing move


Camp Hill, Pa. -- Rite Aid projected that it would turn a profit in the first quarter of fiscal year 2014, results of which it will announce next week. The company has also moved to refinance its debt, announcing that it would buy half a billion dollars in notes using proceeds from a new loan, while also

The retail pharmacy chain said it would buy $500 million worth of 7.5% Senior Secured Notes, due 2017, using the proceeds from a $500 million second lien term loan.

The offer will expire on July 5 unless it's extended, the company said.

The company estimates that it will post a profit of between $75 million and $90 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2014, which ended on Saturday, compared with a loss of $28.1 million during the same period last year. This would make the quarter the third consecutive one in which the 4,615-store chain has reported a profit.

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