NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Moody’s Corporation (NYSE: MCO) today announced that it has agreed to acquire SCRiesgo, a leading group of local credit rating agencies serving the domestic financial markets of Central America and the Dominican Republic. The acquisition significantly expands Moody’s presence in Latin America and reaffirms its commitment and support for the continued development of regional capital markets.
Following the acquisition, SCRiesgo will become a subsidiary of Moody’s Local, Moody’s national credit rating platform, with SCRiesgo continuing to issue national ratings with an independent review and rating committee process. SCRiesgo’s chief executive, Gary Barquero, will continue to lead the company’s operations after the acquisition.
“The maturation of Latin America’s financial markets is a priority for Moody’s as we expand our regional footprint and solidify Moody’s Local and its subsidiaries as the region’s leading national credit rating agencies,” said Martin. Fernandez-Romero, Managing Director and Regional Manager for Latin America for Moody’s Investors Service. “SCRiesgo and its impressive team will deepen Moody’s analytical capabilities, help create greater transparency in national markets and expand our reach in Central America, the Dominican Republic and beyond.
Based in Costa Rica and El Salvador, SCRiesgo provides national credit ratings to banks, financial institutions, investment funds, corporations, public sector issuers and other market participants in Costa Rica, El Salvador , Nicaragua, Panama, Honduras, Guatemala and the Dominican Republic. Republic.
Moody’s Local is a national credit rating platform launched in 2019 to provide ratings and research to Latin American capital markets. The platform combines bespoke methodologies with experienced teams of local analysts to deliver valuable, market-specific insights. Moody’s Local operates in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Mexico, Panama, Peru and Uruguay. Moody’s intends to merge SCRiesgo’s Panama operations with Moody’s Local Panama shortly after closing.
The acquisition of SCRiesgo by Moody’s is subject to regulatory approval in certain jurisdictions. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2023.
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