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Essential Intelligents: Assessments

Rating Evaluation Service

For rated or unrated entities considering strategic or financial initiatives that could impact their creditworthiness.

The analysis and report provided by S&P Global Ratings' Rating Evaluation Service (RES) is not a credit rating. Rating Evaluation Service is an analytical tool for rated or unrated entities that are considering strategic or financial initiatives that could impact their creditworthiness. At the request of a rated or unrated entity, we will provide feedback on the potential indicative ratings of the hypothetical scenarios presented by the entity. Rating Evaluation Service is typically used to evaluate the impact of restructurings, mergers & acquisitions, divestitures, or material changes in debt or capital structure. 

Rating Evaluation Service is not a consulting or advisory service. 

Understand the impact of your proposed initiatives on your creditworthiness
When exploring strategic options, you may want to assess ahead of time how your proposed initiatives may affect your creditworthiness. The decision to take on a major capital program, manage debt capacity, change an operating structure or vary the mix of security types issued can potentially have significant credit consequences. That's where we can help.

Obtain useful feedback and gain valuable insight before you act
Our Rating Evaluation Service gives you a confidential assessment of the potential credit impact of your proposed strategic initiatives before you implement them, to identify the planned initiatives that potentially could lead to credit outcomes that you would view as more or less favorable. This can be a particularly valuable benefit whether you are considering only one plan or several alternatives.

A Tool for Your Organization
Rating Evaluation Service has been used to gauge the potential ratings implications of important initiatives such as: 
  • Mergers and acquisitions 
  • Asset or line-of-business divestitures 
  • Capital plan alternatives and/or additional debt being contemplated 
  • Funding and liquidity mix restructurings 
  • Recapitalizations (including senior and subordinated debt) 
  • Creation of new holding and subsidiary company structures 
  • Risk-shedding and capital-relief transactions (securitizations, hybrids, derivatives, and reinsurance) 
  • New financing techniques, such as a commercial paper program 
  • Pre-packaged or pre-emergence bankruptcy alternatives 

Analysis based on your scenario
Provide us with the hypothetical scenarios you are considering and we'll provide you with timely feedback from a Rating Evaluation Committee based on each scenario you presented. Please note that the Rating Evaluation Service process and outcome remains confidential.

For both rated and unrated clients
Rating Evaluation Service has been used in a variety of ways by our clients and is available to both rated and unrated entities.

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