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  ASX Selects Australia Ratings to Rate Listed Debt Securities 
 
  ASX Selects Australia Ratings to Rate Listed Debt Securities

Melbourne, 4 December 2014 – Australia Ratings has been selected by the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) to assign credit ratings and product complexity indicators to debt and hybrid securities listed on the ASX. Australia Ratings has been appointed under the ASX’s Debt and Hybrid Research Scheme. The scheme is an initiative of the ASX and aims to incentivise greater levels of research, available to not only wholesale but also retail investors, on ASX quoted debt and hybrid securities including the assignment of credit ratings to all debt and hybrid securities traded on ASX.

ASX’s Head of Debt Capital Markets, Ken Chapman, said “the Debt and Hybrid Research Scheme aligns with ASX’s objective to develop a more active retail corporate bond market and follows the passage of the Simple Corporate Bonds Bill through Parliament in September, 2014.”

Australia Ratings’ Managing Director, Chris Dalton, said “Australia Ratings is pleased to be selected to support the ASX’s goal to increase research of listed debt and hybrid securities.” Dalton commented that “investors will benefit from independent assessment of the credit quality of listed debt and hybrid securities. Further, the Product Complexity Indicator will give investors a clear and simple guide to the complexity of the security and will complement the credit rating of the security.” Australia Ratings has today released on its website its initial batch of ratings and product complexity indicators and will progressively release further ratings and product complexity indicators in the coming months. This research will be available to retail and wholesale investors to download freely.

Australia Ratings is the only credit rating agency in Australia holding a retail Australian Financial Services Licence (AFSL) issued by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC). As such, it is the only ratings agency in Australia licensed to assign credit ratings to debt securities and products offered to retail investors in Australia.

For more information contact:

Chris Dalton, Managing Director
chris.dalton@australiaratings.com
03 8080 6684


 
 

 



 
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