Moodys Corporation (NYSE:MCO) announced today that it has agreed to acquire a minority stake in ICR Chile, a leading provider of domestic credit ratings in Chile. This transaction adds to Moodys growing presence across Latin America, which now extends to eight countries in the region.
ICRs ratings provide an important service to the vibrant and growing domestic debt market in Chile, and we are pleased to add to Moodys expanding presence throughout Latin America, said Robert Fauber, President of Moody’s Investors Service.
Based in Santiago, ICR Chile was founded in 2005. Following the transaction, ICR Chile will become an affiliate of Moodys Investors Service, and will continue to issue domestic ratings with an independent analytical and rating committee process.
Moodys is a global leader in credit ratings and research with a strong presence in Latin America. The Chilean capital markets will benefit from that global perspective as we continue to provide deeper and more comprehensive services to our customers and the domestic debt markets in Chile, said Alvaro Clarke, President of ICR Chile.
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With this investment, Moodys or its affiliated companies now assigns domestic ratings in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Panama, Peru and Uruguay. In addition, Equilibrium Moodys wholly-owned affiliate based in Lima, Peru, recently announced plans to extend its ratings coverage to Bolivia.
The transaction is expected to be finalized in the first quarter of 2019. The terms of the investment were not disclosed. The investment in ICR Chile will not have a material impact on Moodys 2019 financial results.
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Moody’s is an essential component of the global capital markets, providing credit ratings, research, tools and analysis that contribute to transparent and integrated financial markets. Moodys Corporation (NYSE: MCO) is the parent company of Moody’s Investors Service, which provides credit ratings and research covering debt instruments and securities, and Moody’s Analytics, which offers leading-edge software, advisory services and research for credit and economic analysis and financial risk management. The corporation, which reported revenue of $4.2 billion in 2017, employs approximately 12,600 people worldwide and maintains a presence in 42 countries. Further information is available at www.moodys.com.
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