Credit Risk Levels for Corporates in Developed Markets at Lowest Level since 2008 says S&P Capital IQ in its February Credit Market Pulse Report
Market Signals for North American public companies suggest low or no credit risk
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NEW YORK and LONDON, Feb. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Since the end of October 2013, credit risk levels for non-financial corporates* in North America, Western Europe and Asia Pacific (APAC) mature markets have, on the whole, declined and reached their lowest levels since the beginning of the financial crisis in 2008, says S&P Capital IQ in the February issue of its new, bi-monthly research publication, Credit Market Pulse. For the first time since 2008, the median probability of default (PD) for these developed markets is below 0.1%, the equivalent of an 'a-' credit score**, meaning that 50% of all corporates in these markets have a short-term credit risk assessment of 'a-' level or better. To view a copy of the current issue of Credit Market Pulse, please click here or to learn more visit

From a regional perspective, the current market view of credit risk in North America continues to be optimistic. "With a median PD of just 0.02%, which maps to an 'aa-' credit score, 50% of North American public companies* are considered to have very low or no credit risk in the short-term," highlights Marcel Heinrichs, Director, Market Development, S&P Capital IQ. "These results are aligned with a series of recently published economic indicators that the US economy is on a steady path to recovery."

"Western European mid- to large cap corporations* continue to show a higher average credit risk than their North American counterparts, and this is certainly due to the Eurozone crisis and the continuing tight economic conditions of the debt-burdened countries in European periphery," continues Silvina Aldeco-Martinez, Managing Director, Product & Market Development, S&P Capital IQ. "However, this difference in credit risk remains low, and is an indication that markets do not consider these factors as imminent risks to the overall credit health of the region or globally. Indeed, recent discussions at the 2014 World Economic Forum in Davos have shifted attention more towards the weakening conditions of emerging market countries, notably Brazil, Turkey, India and Indonesia."

Credit Market Pulse offers a broad overview of the health and credit trends within the global capital markets. At the core of the report is S&P Capital IQ's proprietary probability of default model, 'Market Signals', a unique analytical model which provides daily changing forward looking PDs and mapped credit scores of publicly listed companies based on a cutting-edge econometric framework.

This issue of Credit Market Pulse has three sections, providing different views of credit risk. These include the quarterly evolution of the median PD of companies aggregated in different geographical regions; monthly evolution of the credit risk for constituents of the S&P 500 equity index and its various industry sub-indices and, finally, PD tables of individual companies that merit special attention.  Customized searches similar to those presented in the report can be run for interested media using the data in Credit Market Pulse.

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*Credit Market Pulse considers non-financial corporations with revenues above USD 500m.
** A credit score is a quantitative assessment of credit risk from S&P Capital IQ's suite of credit risk models. It is expressed in letter grades such as bbb+ following the rating scale by Standard & Poor's Ratings Services, however in lower case letters in order to differentiate it from a rating.

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