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Moody’s Fully Acquires GCR Ratings, Deepening Presence in Africa’s Domestic Credit Markets

 

(BUSINESS WIRE) -- Moody’s Corporation (NYSE:MCO) announced today that it has fully acquired Global Credit Rating Company Limited (GCR), a leading domestic credit rating agency with operations spanning Africa. The announcement follows Moody’s 2022 acquisition of a majority stake in GCR, and expands Moody’s investment in Africa’s domestic credit markets.

 

“GCR provides investors with crucial insights and clarity into Africa’s fast-growing domestic credit markets, which play an important role in economic development throughout the continent,” said Rob Fauber, President and Chief Executive Officer of Moody’s. “Moody’s is excited to deepen our domestic ratings presence in Africa through a trusted name in GCR.”

 

“The full acquisition of GCR by Moody’s is an important milestone that will enable us to build on our deep local market insights and over a quarter century of growth across the African continent,” said Marc Joffe, Chief Executive of GCR. “It will also provide the opportunity to further develop solutions that meet a range of customer needs, including credit ratings, credit risk solutions, and ESG capabilities.”

 

GCR rates financial institutions, corporates, public sector issuers, and structured transactions across Africa, and maintains offices in South Africa, Nigeria, Senegal, Kenya, and Mauritius. It will continue to operate as an affiliate of Moody’s – developing its own rating methodologies, issuing its own credit ratings, and maintaining a separate management team.

 

The terms of the transaction were not disclosed, and it will not have a material impact on Moody’s 2024 financial results.

 

About Moody’s Corporation

 

In a world shaped by increasingly interconnected risks, Moody’s (NYSE: MCO) data, insights, and innovative technologies help customers develop a holistic view of their world and unlock opportunities. With a rich history of experience in global markets and a diverse workforce of approximately 15,000 across more than 40 countries, Moody’s gives customers the comprehensive perspective needed to act with confidence and thrive. Learn more at moodys.com.

 

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Contacts

For Moody’s Investor Relations:

Shivani Kak

Moody’s Corporation

+1 212-553-0298

Shivani.Kak@moodys.com

 

For Moody’s Communications:

Joe Mielenhausen

Moody’s Corporation

+1 212-553-1461

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