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Criteria | Corporates | General: Methodology And Assumptions: Standard & Poor's Revises Key Ratios Used In Global Corporate Ratings Analysis Dec 11
Standard & Poors, December 2011
Applies to corporate ratings, globally. We expect no changes to existing ratings. These criteria are effective immediately for all new and outstanding corporate issuer credit ratings. To establish ratings comparability when evaluating corporate entities, Standard and Poor's uses EBITDA margin as a key ratio. The methodology for analyzing corporate profitability/cash flow is amended in the criteria article "2008 Corporate Criteria: Ratios And Adjustments" as follows: In table 1, replace "Operating income (before D&A) to revenues" with "EBITDA margin"; In table 1, the formula for "EBITDA margin" is "EBITDA/revenues"; In table 2 of the article, delete "Operating income (before D&A)"; Throughout the article, rename "Operating income (after D&A)" as "Operating income". These criteria represent the specific application of fundamental principles that...
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