Australia Ratings is a local, independent rating agency that provides timely and credible ratings information and research to the broader investment community.
As an ASIC-licensed rating agency, we provide general advice by issuing:
- credit ratings on debt securities and companies; and
- fund ratings on Australian managed funds.
We are Australia’s only agency that holds a retail Australian Financial Services Licence (AFSL). This enables both retail and wholesale investors to use our credit ratings to help them gauge credit risk and complexity of financial products sold in the Australian market.
Since 2010, we have assessed creditworthiness of debt issues, companies and fixed-income managed funds and have conducted customised analytical assessments. In 2014, we began assigning and reviewing ratings and complexity product indicators to ASX-listed debt and hybrid securities.
Today, we continue to bring independent, forward-looking opinion that is timely and easily accessible to the investment community. And building on our core analytical capability, we have expanded to include rating funds and investment products to our services range.
In-depth knowledge and expertise
Our credit ratings team has over 60 years’ combined experience in assigning credit ratings and in-depth knowledge in the Australian debt market. Since 2010, we have assessed creditworthiness across a broad range of industries including financial institutions, corporates and infrastructure entities.
Our investment ratings team includes highly-qualified seasoned researchers with a broad industry experience gained in various roles and organisations and across a variety of asset classes.
Local and independent analysis
Local knowledge, experience and market factors are the focus of Australia Ratings’ ratings and reports. Our ratings seek to differentiate risks in investment and financial products.
Our Product Complexity Indicator provides a further insight into debt and fund products to simply highlight complexity introduced to the investment by the terms and conditions of the investment or financial product.
Maintaining transparency and analytical independence
Australia Ratings assigns credit ratings, fund ratings and product complexity indicators. We receive a fee from the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) under its Research Scheme. Fees may also be paid issuers of debt securities, managers of investment funds or organisations that seek an Operational Capability Assessment from us.
To preserve the integrity of the credit rating process, we have adopted the International Organization of Securities Commission's (IOSCO) Code of Conduct for Credit Rating Agencies. Our policies and procedures in place ensure conflicts of interest are managed and the analytical independence is maintained.