ICRA Limited(formerly Investment Information and Credit Rating Agency of India Limited) was set up in 1991 by leading financial/investment institutions, commercial banks and financial services companies as an independent and professional investment Information and Credit Rating Agency.
Today, ICRA and its subsidiaries together form the ICRA Group of Companies (Group ICRA). ICRA is a Public Limited Company, with its shares listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange.
The international Credit Rating Agency Moody’s Investors Service is ICRA’s largest shareholder. The participation of Moody’s is supported by a Technical Services Agreement, which entails Moody’s providing certain high-value technical services to ICRA. Specifically, the agreement is aimed at benefiting ICRA’s in-house research capabilities, and providing it with access to Moody’s global research base. The agreement also envisages Moody’s conducting regular training and business seminars for ICRA analysts on various subjects to help them better understand and manage concepts and issues relating to the development of the capital markets in India. Besides this formal training programme, the agreement provides for Moody’s advising ICRA on Rating-products strategy, and the Ratings business in general.
As an early entrant in the Credit Rating business,ICRA Limited (ICRA) is one of the most experienced Credit Rating Agencies in the country today. ICRA rates rupee-denominated debt instruments issued by manufacturing companies, commercial banks, non-banking finance companies, financial institutions, public sector undertakings and municipalities, among others. ICRA also rates structured obligations and sector-specific debt obligations such as instruments issued by Power, Telecom and Infrastructure companies. The other services offered include Corporate Governance Rating, Stakeholder Value and Governance Rating, Credit Risk Rating of Debt Mutual Funds, Rating of Claims Paying Ability of Insurance Companies, Project Finance Rating, Line of Credit Rating and Valuation of Principal Protected-Market Linked Debentures (PP-MLD). ICRA, along with National Small Industries Corporation Limited (NSIC), has launched a Performance and Credit Rating Scheme for Small-Scale Enterprises in India. The service is aimed at enabling Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) improve their access to institutional credit, increase their competitiveness, and raise their market standing.
The Grading Services offered by ICRA employ pioneering concepts and methodologies, and include Grading of: Microfinance Institutions (MFIs); Construction Entities; Real Estate Developers and Projects; and Maritime Training Institutes.
In MFI Grading, the focus of ICRA’s grading exercise is on evaluating the candidate institution’s business and financial risks. The Grading of Construction Entities seeks to provide an independent opinion on the quality of performance of the entities graded. Similarly, the Grading of Real Estate Developers and Projects seeks to make property buyers aware of the risks associated with real estate projects, and with the developers’ ability to deliver in accordance with the terms agreed. In the education sector, ICRA offers the innovative service of Grading of Maritime Training Institutes in India. These apart, ICRA has been offering the services of Grading of Renewable Energy Service Companies (RESCOs) and System Integrators (SI); Grading of Management Education Institutes; Grading of Engineering Colleges/Universities; Grading of Fundamental Strength and Recovery Prospects; and Corporate Responsibility and Sustainable-Business Grading.
ICRA’s industry research servicecovers over 30 segments in the corporate and financial services sectors. Given ICRA’s strong analytical capabilities across industries, the research reports provide in-depth analysis of industry-specific issues, trends in demand-supply factors, the competitive landscape, and medium-to-long-term outlook. The research reports are tailored to meet the research requirements of a wide range of participants, including banks, mutual funds, insurance companies, venture funds and corporates.