March Credit Update: Pre-Virus Financial Upgrades Outweigh Downgrades

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Credit Benchmark has published the latest monthly credit consensus data (from February 2020) based on contributions from 40+ financial institutions, covering 50,000 separate legal entities.

The monthly upgrades and downgrades overview is now based on data adjusted for changes in contributor mix.

Monthly consensus upgrades and downgrades:

  • 360 obligors improved their credit standing by at least one notch.
  • 266 obligors deteriorated.
  • 69 moved more than one notch.
  • The frequency of upgrades and downgrades has decreased.

Last month showed improvements across 331 obligors and deterioration across 333, with 66 moving by more than one notch.


  • Upgrades dominate downgrades in just one of the ten reported industries and four out of ten have more downgrades.
  • Financials shows an improvement in credit quality with 65 upgrades and 49 downgrades.
  • The industries showing deteriorations are:
    • Basic Materials with 7 upgrades and 15 downgrades.
    • Oil & Gas with 10 upgrades and 22 downgrades.
    • Technology with 7 upgrades and 17 downgrades.

Note: Monthly upgrade / downgrade movement is based on 26,000 individual Consensus PDs.

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