what is the "credit rating" of a company and how does it work?

Sometimes new clients of a particular company ask for the company's "credit rating". What is the supplier supposed to provide and what is to be done in the case of a newly established business when this information might not be available ?

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  • Apolo
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    1 decade ago
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    A credit rating assesses the credit worthiness of an individual, corporation, or even a country. Credit ratings are calculated from financial history and current assets and liabilities. Typically, a credit rating tells a lender or investor the probability of the subject being able to pay back a loan. However, in recent years, credit ratings have also been used to adjust insurance premiums, determine employment eligibility, and establish the amount of a utility or leasing deposit.

    A poor credit rating indicates a high risk of defaulting on a loan, and thus leads to high interest rates.

    The credit rating of a corporation is a financial indicator to potential investors of debt securities such as bonds. These are assigned by credit rating agencies such as Standard & Poor's or Fitch Ratings and have letter designations such as AAA, B, CC.

    Source(s): wikipedia
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