About Strategic Ratings

 

Welcome to Strategic Ratings and CEO24X7 Limited.

We are honoured to say that we are the first United Kingdom originated Credit Ratings Agency and also the first one to be launched by a team of academics based on the proprietary tools.

This section explains why we have founded this company, what our plans are, how we can help all companies, investors and other stakeholders by providing our services and what our strengths and standards are which make us distinctive in what we do. We began working together on a research project to develop a credit risk measurement methodology and found this method to have a higher predictive accuracy and an ability to specifically pinpoint equities from a large sample of companies which were ‘not worth investing in’. This is what exactly any investor would like to know and to utilise this tool for a larger community, I have founded this company and we are a team of very experienced senior executives and non-executive directors.

Strategic Ratings is an international credit ratings agency, a subsidiary of CEO24X7 Limited, United Kingdom. A main aim of our agency is to enable the credit ratings industry to increase its overall credibility by providing ratings services on the bases of Accuracy, Precision, Neutrality, Innovation and Independence. We provide credit ratings which are reliable and unbiased so that our services itself become a hallmark of reputation. We felt that at the end of the day, it is an academician's responsibility to set the example, to make things right and to provide the direction setting. Combined with our professional industry experience, we are determined to be thorough with our standards of independence, governance and transparency from the outset.

In the aftermath of a global credit crisis, the question of the role and creditworthiness of existing big credit ratings agencies came to the fore and many laws and regulations by governments around the world have been designed ‘to rate the rater’. At the same time, these credit ratings agencies along with issuer companies have been facing two major problems: (1) the administrative issue of who pays ‘how much?’ and ‘why?’ and (2) the ratings quality issue of ‘what should we actually measure?’ and ‘how to derive?’ credit ratings. We aim to solve both issues by being transparent with our fee structure and to be very competitive in charging fees, and providing ratings utilising a methodology which is new, unique, tested and proven to be better as compared to existing tools deployed.

Our Global Strategic Ratings platform utilises a set of tools developed by a team. To increase the quality of services we can provide, we limit ourselves to delivering credit ratings of only stock exchange listed publicly-traded companies and major sovereigns since their ratings are of vital importance to most investors. Strategic Ratings Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary and its parent company CEO24X7 Limited both are registered with Companies House in the United Kingdom. Strategic Ratings in other countries will be subsidiaries of CEO24X7 Limited.

This corporate structure of parent–subsidiary enables us to maintain quality, independence and objectivity of services. The operational plan includes a global strategic ratings platform and Strategic Ratings UK will act as a pivotal agency with current 17 members board as a global leadership team. There will be smaller regional teams in each country where we will obtain licence from government regulators to operate as a Credit Ratings Agency. Having a single online platform, clients are able to register worldwide with Strategic Ratings and we manage the services bought from us. Our major offerings include:

  • Public Rating (in countries where we are authorised)
  • Private Rating
  • Rate-O-Meter®
  • Credit Rating’s Scrutiny and
  • Credit Assessment and Recommendation services

We have an ‘issuer pay’ business model to provide these services. We are proud of building an organisation that will serve investors and other industry stakeholders with services they can rely upon at all times for years to come. We aim to be a globally operating Credit Ratings Agency in 50 countries by December 2027.

Our efforts and your support are the most vital ingredients to achieving this growth and expansion. My team and I can assure our commitment to provide the best services in the credit ratings domain and to make Strategic Ratings the definition of quality and excellence.

Yours truly,

Dr Vishvesh Pathak
Executive Chairman & Founder