Acuité Ratings & Research Limited

Acuité is a Credit Rating & Research company. It is an institutionally promoted organisation with a unique combination of country's leading public & private sector banks along with a global data & analytics company as its shareholders.

Registered with the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) and accredited by Reserve Bank of India (RBI), Acuité has assigned more than 8000 credit ratings (as on December 31 2019) to various securities, debt instruments and bank facilities of entities spread across industries in India. Achieving this feat within 5 years of establishing the bond and bank loan rating business reflects the trust of Indian lenders and investors on our actionable, independent and unbiased opinion.

For rating SMEs, we have a subsidiary known as SMERA Gradings & Ratings Private Limited. As on January 2020, this subsidiary has completed more than 50,000 ratings of SMEs across 300+ SME clusters across the country. SMERA was incorporated as part of an initiative of Ministry of Finance (GOI) and Reserve Bank of India (RBI), to facilitate growth of the MSMEs sector through dissemination of reliable credit information and ratings of such enterprises.

Additionally, Acuité conducts incisive research on various industries and the Indian economy. Our opinion on crucial economic events, impact analysis and views and outlook on performance of various sectors are used by corporate India in taking more informed business decisions. We cover industries ranging from aviation, to banking, cement, dairy, education, garment, hotel, IT & ITES, jewellery, leather, manufacturing, oil & gas, power, QSR, Steel, telecom and many more.

In line with our name Acuité, meaning sharpness of thoughts and vision, we empower the capital market participants viz. investors, issuers or lenders, to make knowledge backed decisions.

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Our exciting journey started in 2005 with rating of bank borrowers most of whom were small and medium enterprises. At that time, credit rating was a concept known only to large issuers of capital market instruments. Since then, like a caterpillar transforms itself into a beautiful butterfly, we transformed to rate bonds, bank facilities of large corporates and issuers across industries. Along came many achievements - SEBI Registration in 2011, RBI accreditation in 2012, 50,000 ratings in 2018, 5,000 Bond and Bank Loan Ratings in 2017, launch of India's first Android and iPhone app to disseminate rating, tamper-proof QR-code-enabled rating rationales, and SMERA Terminal to name a few.

Now is the time to re-emphasize our increasing footprint across all segments of ratings through the launch of our new name - 'Acuité'.

The name has changed. The spirit of upholding highest standards of analytical rigour, continuous improvement, excellence in our processes and quest for innovation remains the same. We would like to re-emphasize that we will continue to work hard to provide independent, unbiased and timely opinion of highest standard.

Acuité means 'sharpness and clarity of thought and vision'. Let our research and ratings help you take decisions with confidence.

Sankar Chakraborti