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KBRA Ratings

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Kroll Bond Rating Agency, LLC and its affiliates (KBRA) is a global full-service rating agency with a mission to set a standard of excellence and integrity. Established in 2010, KBRA remains dedicated to the restoration of trust in credit ratings by creating new standards for assessing risk and by offering timely and transparent ratings. KBRA provides market participants with an alternative solution by delivering in-depth research across various sectors within the United States and European markets. KBRA strives to provide the investment community with the products and tools needed to make informed investment decisions.

Key Features and Coverage on RIMES

For this data source, RIMES hosts KBRA Ratings data across various asset classes listed below. Within each asset class, KBRA offers various rating categories.

Rating categories include:

  • Underlying Rating: based solely on characteristics of issuer or obligor.
  • Insured Rating: based on presence of insurance policy provided by a financial guarantor for which KBRA has assigned an insurance financial strength rating.
  • Bank-Enhanced Rating: based on commitment of a commercial bank to conditionally honor payments of a debt.
  • Programmatic Rating: based on use of the credit of an entity other than issuer/obligor to provide added security or complete credit substitution in a bond or note financing.

KBRA provides rating across the following sectors:

  • Structured Finance
  • Public Finance
  • Financial Institutions
  • Insurance
  • Corporates
  • Funds
  • Project Finance & Infrastructure
  • Sovereigns
  • Financial Guaranty

Some of the data items available from this source include the following:

  • Sector: The name of the sector that the rating is associated with.
  • Rating: The rating code for the rating record (i.e. AAA, BB+, K1, K2) with an (sf) appended for structured finance ratings.
  • Rating Type: Indicates whether a rating is long term, or short term, a funds rating etc.
  • Rating Category: The rating category (Underlying, Insured, Bank Enhanced, or Programmatic).
  • Rating Outlook: Outlook action (POS, NEG, STA, or DEV).
  • Rating Outlook Date: The date of the rating outlook.
  • Rating Action: The description of the rating action.
  • Rating Action Date: The date of the rating action.
  • Watch Status: The watch status (UP, DEV, or DN).
  • Watch Status Date: The date of the watch status.
  • Publish Time: The date and time of the rating publication.
  • Identifier: 9-digit security level identifier (CUSIP/PPN).



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