Ratings Services

KBRA Credit Rating

Published KBRA Credit Rating: A credit rating of an entity, issuer or issuer obligation that is published and surveilled. It may include a preliminary rating phase in which the preliminary rating is based upon preliminary information and conditioned upon one or more assumptions. KBRA expresses its credit ratings using the long-term, short-term or the IFSR rating scales.1

Unpublished KBRA Credit Rating: A credit rating of an entity, issuer or issuer obligation that is unpublished, confidential and surveilled. It may include a preliminary rating phase in which the preliminary rating is based upon preliminary information and conditioned upon one or more assumptions. KBRA expresses its credit ratings using the long-term, short-term or the IFSR rating scales.1

Other Permissible Services

KBRA Credit Assessment: A KBRA Credit Assessment (“KCA”) is an evaluation of the creditworthiness of an unrated issuer or issuer obligation that is unpublished and confidential. KCAs are produced with limited information and are typically requested by a third-party. KCAs are typically point-in-time assessments but may be updated at the request of the third-party or at KBRA’s discretion and are indicated using lower case letters. KCAs are not credit ratings.

KBRA Credit Profile 2: The KBRA Credit Profile (“KCP”) is a subscription based CMBS surveillance service. KCP provides monthly analysis for most CMBS transactions in the market. KCP is available at kcp.kbra.com and is available on INTEX and Trepp for mutual subscribers. KCP provides multiple valuations, loss scenarios, and detailed commentary for any loan deemed at risk of default as well as all top 10 non-defeased loans in each transaction. KCP does not provide credit ratings and therefore does not employ KBRA’s credit rating methodologies.

KBRA Fund Rating: A KBRA Fund Rating (“KFR”) is a forward-looking opinion meant to indicate the quality of a fund’s underlying portfolio as well as the management team’s ability to deploy the fund’s investment strategy, and KFRs are only assigned to investment funds. KFRs are not credit ratings and are differentiated from KBRA Credit Ratings by the usage of a distinct ‘kf’ subscript. KFRs do not provide an indication of performance as it relates to returns, yield, volatility or peer analysis.

KBRA Indicative Rating: A rating of an entity, issuer or issuer obligation that is unpublished and confidential which reflects the analysis of one or more hypothetical scenarios. The rating reflects a point-in-time assessment and is not surveilled. Indicative Ratings are not credit ratings; however, they are expressed using KBRA’s long-term, short-term and IFSR rating scales.

KBRA Subscription Rating Service 2: KBRA’s Subscription Rating Service (“SRS”) provides financial strength ratings based on a review of a financial institution’s liquidity, asset quality, capital adequacy and earnings. SRS is a subscription service that has a financial strength rating for every FDIC insured bank, savings and loan and every natural-person credit union. SRS ratings are expressed on their own rating scale, are not credit ratings and therefore do not employ KBRA’s credit rating methodologies.


1 Please refer to KBRA’s Rating Scales for a description of KBRA’s credit rating scales, Rating Outlook, Watch Status and other ratings products and information.

2 For more information on our subscription services please refer to: KBRA Credit Profile (KCP), and KBRA Subscription Rating Service (SRS).