Early Warning Signals: Understanding the Rating Drivers of a Key Industry

This workshop enables learners to identify key accounting metrics, accounting and valuation policies that are instrumental in the rating process.


This is a foundation course for Graduate Entrants with no experience in Retail, SME or Corporate banking.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course participants will be able to:

  • identify strategic and commercial issue that impact the credit ratings of firms operating in the following economic sectors:
    • Chemicals
    • Food
    • Utilities
    • Pharmaceuticals

Course Content

  • Overview of the specific industry
  • Hot spots in the financial statements
  • Ratings approach to the sector
  • Quantitative Analysis:
    • Key accounting and valuation issues
    • Revenue recognition and accrued income
    • Intangibles and impairment
    • Capitalisation techniques
    • Off balance sheet exposures
    • Key valuation metrics for the sector


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