The D&B Rating has been seen for years as a leading, objective risk indicator that can support you in making your credit decisions. For each country, D&B examines which factors are most decisive with regard to risk assessment and company bankruptcies. The analysis method is universal, which means that each D&B Rating, although determined on a country-specific basis, makes international comparisons possible.
It has been shown that, twelve months before the bankruptcy decision, 75% of the bankrupt companies had a D&B ‘Risk Factor 4’. The Risk Factor warns you at an early stage about possible problems and gives you ample opportunity to adjust your terms and conditions accordingly in order to avoid losses.
Every day, public data, including court rulings and the latest balance sheet data, together with specific D&B data, such as the unique payment experiences, are added to the D&B database. The information is entered for each individual company and subjected to a mathematical algorithm. The D&B Rating is automatically updated and reflects the most recent state of affairs at a company.
The D&B Rating consists of two parts, namely the ‘financial strength’ code (based on the net equity) and the ‘Risk factor’ to reflect the risk, when you enter into transactions with a company. The Risk Factor varies from 1 (minimum risk: continue the transaction) to 4 (significant risk: only do business on a secured basis).
On the basis of the D&B Rating, we can make a recommendation about the maximum amount of credit that can be granted for a specific company. The “Risk Factor” is the most important part of this assessment. The business activities and the size of the company are decisive, so that not only the current position of the company is reflected, but also the economic and industrial trend. The assessment of the maximum available credit is a dynamic indication, which is continuously updated.
You will find the unique D&B Rating in a D&B Business Information Report.
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