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How to Get Rated
            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.

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            This tab contains ratings and research information regarding Canadian Structured Finance.

            Canadian Asset-Backed Commercial Paper:
            Inside the Canadian ABCP Market: 4Q2014
            Inside the Canadian ABCP Market: 3Q2014
            Inside the Canadian ABCP Market: 2Q2014
            Inside the Canadian ABCP Market: 1Q2014

            Moody’s Outlook for Canadian Structured Finance:
            Canadian ABS and Covered Bonds: 2015 Outlook

            Moody’s Rating Methodologies for Structured Finance
            Current ratings news and relevant research items on Canadian structured finance are available on the link below:
            Canadian Structured Finance Research Reports

            Global Structured Finance Publications:
            Global ABCP Outlook
            ABCP Market At A Glance
            Global Covered Bonds: 2015 Outlook

            For more information, please contact Richard Hunt, Head of Canadian Structured Finance Ratings Group, at

            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

            This tab contains ratings and research information regarding Maple Bond issuers for the Canadian Domestic Market.

            Industry Research and Rating Methodologies related to Maple Bond issuers are included on the link below:

            Maple Bond Research Reports

            For more information, please reference the complete How to Get Rated.

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