Global Credit Ratings (GCR) is still operating in Kenya and is not contemplating a withdrawal.
GCR is aware of a recently issued Kenya Gazette notice that may have caused some confusion regarding GCR’s presence in Kenya, for which we wish to make a clarification.
GCR is simply relinquishing one of two licenses issued to it by the Kenyan Capital Markets Authority (CMA) and this has no impact on its operations in Kenya.
GCR was one of the first rating agencies to be approved and registered under the CMA’s ‘Guideline on the Approval and Registration of Credit Rating Agencies in Kenya’ several years back. In 2017, the Carlyle Group (one of the largest private equity funds in the world) acquired a significant shareholding in GCR. GCR subsequently relocated its holding company to Mauritius, following which this new company applied for and received a license from the CMA in 2018, leaving GCR with two licenses.
Subsequently, GCR approached the CMA and requested to relinquish its original license which is now redundant. The request was granted by the CMA late last year. In line with its procedures, the CMA recently published the proposed revocation of GCR’s old License in the Kenya Gazette, inviting the public for comments on whether there are any objections to the revocation of this license. Should the CMA not receive any responses within 60 days of the publication, it will go ahead and revoke GCR’s old license. This will have no impact on GCR’s operations as the rating agency will remain registered in Kenya.
GCR is Africa’s leading credit rating agency, covering in excess of 500 rated entities across more than 20 countries. GCR commenced operations as a credit rating agency in Kenya almost 20 years ago, and has grown its portfolio of rated entities to more than 50 in this market, and over 70 across the entire COMESA region (including Kenya). GCR’s portfolio of rated entities in Kenya is unparalleled and more than all other rating agencies combined, and encompasses a number of the country’s leading corporations that have been rated by GCR for many years.
Kenya has been, and remains a key market for GCR, and we are in fact exploring new opportunities and possible additional investments to further enhance GCR’s leading market position and value proposition for all stakeholders.
CREDIT RATINGS ISSUED AND RESEARCH PUBLICATIONS PUBLISHED BY GCR, ARE GCR’S OPINIONS, AS AT THE DATE OF ISSUE OR PUBLICATION THEREOF, OF THE RELATIVE FUTURE CREDIT RISK OF ENTITIES, CREDIT COMMITMENTS, OR DEBT OR DEBT-LIKE SECURITIES. GCR DEFINES CREDIT RISK AS THE RISK THAT AN ENTITY MAY NOT MEET ITS CONTRACTUAL AND/OR FINANCIAL OBLIGATIONS AS THEY BECOME DUE. CREDIT RATINGS DO NOT ADDRESS ANY OTHER RISK, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO: FRAUD, MARKET LIQUIDITY RISK, MARKET VALUE RISK, OR PRICE VOLATILITY. CREDIT RATINGS AND GCR’S OPINIONS INCLUDED IN GCR’S PUBLICATIONS ARE NOT STATEMENTS OF CURRENT OR HISTORICAL FACT. CREDIT RATINGS AND GCR’S PUBLICATIONS DO NOT CONSTITUTE OR PROVIDE INVESTMENT OR FINANCIAL ADVICE, AND CREDIT RATINGS AND GCR’S PUBLICATIONS ARE NOT AND DO NOT PROVIDE RECOMMENDATIONS TO PURCHASE, SELL OR HOLD PARTICULAR SECURITIES. NEITHER GCR’S CREDIT RATINGS, NOR ITS PUBLICATIONS, COMMENT ON THE SUITABILITY OF AN INVESTMENT FOR ANY PARTICULAR INVESTOR. GCR ISSUES ITS CREDIT RATINGS AND PUBLISHES GCR’S PUBLICATIONS WITH THE EXPECTATION AND UNDERSTANDING THAT EACH INVESTOR WILL MAKE ITS OWN STUDY AND EVALUATION OF EACH SECURITY THAT IS UNDER CONSIDERATION FOR PURCHASE, HOLDING OR SALE.