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  • March 13, 2018

    Moody's: Canadian banks face risk from rising consumer debt vulnerability

    The bank asset quality of the largest seven Canadian banks, Bank of Montreal (BMO, A1 negative), Bank of Nova Scotia (A1 negative), Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC, A1 negative), Royal Bank of Canada (A1 negative), Toronto-Dominion Bank (Aa2 negative), National Bank of Canada (A1 negative) and Desjardins Group (DG, Fédération des caisses Desjardins du Québec, Aa2 negative) face several risks as consumer lending vulnerability has increased across different asset classes, Moody's Investors Service says in a new report.   Read More
  • March 01, 2018

    Canadian banks use of wholesale funding lessens, but exceeds global peers

    The overall funding and liquidity profile of the Canadian banking system is improving as the six rated banks moderately reduce their reliance on wholesale funding, which is high compared to global peers, Moody's Investors Service says in a new report. The system still has significant reliance on wholesale funding, however, it is mitigated by strong holdings of high-quality liquid assets.  Read More
Moody’s Investors Service has been providing Canada’s investors and issuers with the highest quality rating service since 1901. Today, Moody’s rates more than 300 Canadian corporate, structured, and public finance issuers.

Moody’s Toronto-based analysts cover a variety of Industry sectors including financial institutions, media and telecommunications, oil and gas, power and gas utilities and pipelines, paper and forest products, sub-sovereign governments, project & infrastructure finance and structured finance.

Moody’s provides Canadian fixed income professionals with a variety of products and services, including credit analyses, regular analyst briefings, seminars, conferences, and one-on-one meetings. Moody’s experience — both locally and globally — means that products and services are tailored to meet its customers’ needs while at the same time ensuring internationally consistent ratings. ​

This tab contains ratings and comprehensive research information regarding Canadian high yield issuers and Moody’s corporate speculative grade analysis.

Moody’s  Canadian High Yield Toolkit is updated weekly , providing comprehensive information on more than 80 Canadian domiciled speculative-grade rated issuers. The Toolkit includes links to each issuer’s ratings and research page on and presents Long-Term Ratings, Speculative-Grade Liquidity Ratings, as well as Covenant Quality Assessment information:
Moody's Canadian High Yield Toolkit

Moody's covenant quality snapshots deliver succinct analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of a bond's protection package. The User’s Guide to Moody’s Covenant Quality Snapshots is intended to help readers of snapshots make full use of their summaries and analyses:
A User’s Guide to Moody’s Covenant Quality Snapshots
Moody’s Covenant Quality Snapshots for Canadian Issuers
Moody’s Pre-Closing Loan Covenant Quality Snapshots

Moody’s has analyzed and assessed the covenant quality of about one thousand bonds that were issued over the past two years globally. The following report includes a company-by-company comparison of Canadian high yield bonds’ covenant strength based on Moody’s Covenant Quality Assessments:
The Canadian High Yield Bond Market: Frequently Asked Questions
Canadian Corporations: Canadian High-Yield Bonds Continue to Offer More Protection Than US Issues
Canadian High-Yield Bonds Offer More Investor Protection Than US Bonds

The following report summarizes how Moody’s rates and analyzes nonfinancial speculative-grade issuers in the Canadian market:
High Yield Insights for Canadian Investors

Moody’s systematically monitors, assesses and reports on speculative-grade issuers’ liquidity through its Speculative-Grade Liquidity Ratings (SGL):
Speculative-Grade Liquidity Ratings: Component Scores Provide Liquidity Insight
Moody’s Speculative-Grade Liquidity ratings factor in four components of liquidity:

1. internal sources of cash
2. committed external sources of cash
3. ability to comply with covenants
4. other sources of liquidity, including the issuer’s ability to sell assets to raise cash

The list below provides the Component Scores of Moody’s Speculative-Grade Liquidity Ratings:
SGL Ratings & Component Score List   

At 1,000 defaults, Moody’s recoveries database highlights the importance of debt structure and the normalcy of the latest default cycle:
Moody's Ultimate Recovery Database

The primary rating methodologies for the application of Moody’s Loss Given Default (LGD) Methodology for non-financial companies:
Loss Given Default for Speculative-Grade Non-Financial Companies in the U.S., Canada and EMEA/Probability of Default Ratings and Loss Given Default Assessments for Low Rated Non-Financial Companies in the US, Canada and EMEA Region

Current rating news and relevant research items on corporate speculative grade analysis and Canadian corporate high yield issuers are available on the link below:
High Yield Research Reports

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