Key to the D&B Rating


The D&B Rating can help you quickly assess a firm's size and composite credit appraisal, based on information in a company's interim or fiscal balance sheet and an overall evaluation of the firm's creditworthiness.

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Key to the D&B Rating

The "5A" to "HH" Rating Classifications reflect company size based on worth or equity as computed by Dun & Bradstreet. Company size can be an effective indicator of credit capacity. These Ratings are assigned to businesses that have supplied Dun & Bradstreet with a current financial statement. The Composite Credit Appraisal is a number, 1 through 4, that makes up the second half of the company's rating and reflects Dun & Bradstreet's overall assessment of that firm's creditworthiness. The Composite Credit Appraisal is based on Dun & Bradstreet analysis of company payments, financial information, public records, business age and other important factors (when available). Note: A "2" is the highest Composite Credit Appraisal a company not supplying Dun & Bradstreet with current financial information can receive. The "1R" and "2R" Rating categories reflect company size based on the total number of employees for the business. They are assigned to company files that do not contain a current financial statement. ER (Employee Range) Ratings apply to certain lines of business that do not lend themselves to classification under the D&B Rating system. Instead, we assign these types of businesses an Employee Range symbol based on the number of people employed. No other significance should be attached to this symbol. For example, a rating of "ER7" means there are between five and nine employees in the company. "ERN" should not be interpreted negatively. It simply means we do not have information indicating how many people are employed at this firm.

The D&B Rating field in a report may also display the following designations when certain conditions are present: The '- -' Symbol: This represents the absence of a D&B Rating and should not be interpreted as indicating that credit should be denied. It means that the information available to Dun & Bradstreet does not permit us to classify the company within our Rating Key and that further inquiry should be made before reaching a credit decision. Some reasons for using the "- -" symbol include: deficit net worth, bankruptcy proceedings, lack of sufficient payment information or incomplete history indicator. DS (DUNS Support): This indicates that the information available to Dun & Bradstreet does not permit us to classify the company within our Rating Key. When ordering these reports, an investigation can be performed and results sent to you at your request for an additional fee. INV (Investigation Being Conducted): When an "INV" appears, it means an investigation is being conducted on this business to get the most current details.


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