SEC Charges Moody’s With Control Failures, Ratings Deficiencies

The Securities and Exchange Commission announced Moody’s Investors Service agreed to pay a total of $16.25 million in penalties to settle charges involving internal control failures and failing to clearly define and consistently apply credit rating symbols. This marks the first time the SEC has filed an enforcement action involving rating symbol deficiencies.

Moody’s Predicts Lower Recovery Rates Will Lead to Defaults

The Wall Street Journal reported that Moody’s has predicted increased demand for floating-rate leveraged loans has eroded credit quality and will lead to more defaults and lower recovery rates in an economic downturn.

Moody’s Assigns Ba1 Ratings to Versum’s Proposed $775MM Facilities

Moody’s Investors Service assigned first-time ratings to Versum Materials.

Moody’s Questions GE Plan to Take On $20B in Debt

Reuters reported that Moody’s Investors is questioning General Electric’s plan to take on $20 billion of debt.

Experian/Moody’s: Q1 Small Business Line Utilization Rates Down

A new Experian/Moody’s Q1 report on the financial health of the small-business community shows credit lines are expanding, but utilization rates are down 17% from the previous year.

Moody’s: Lease Accounting Changes Will Add $1T to Balance Sheet Debt

According to Moody’s, FASB’s much-anticipated new lease accounting standard requiring the recognition of operating leases on the balance sheet will increase reported debt by roughly $1 trillion.

Moody’s Expands Commitment to SMEs, Acquires Stake in Finagraph

Moody’s has invested in Finagraph, a provider of automated financial data collection and business intelligence solutions.

European Banks Stable But Risk, Profitability Pressures Remain in 2016

Moody’s reports financial fundamentals will stabilize in most European banking systems in 2016 due to tighter regulation, stronger capitalization and a modest pick-up in private sector credit demand.

Moody’s Changes NXT Capital’s Rating Outlook to Positive

Moody’s Investors Service affirmed the B2 corporate family and senior secured ratings of NXT Capital and revised its rating outlook to positive from stable.

Moody’s to Acquire Equilibrium

Moody’s agreed to acquire Equilibrium, a provider of credit rating and research services in Peru and other countries in Latin America.