Africa’s no.1 rating agency

Accounting for the majority of all ratings accorded on the African continent.

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GCR rates the full spectrum of security classes and accords both International Scale and National Scale ratings, and together with its international affiliates, rates almost 3000 organisations and debt issues - spanning 4 continents.

Our rating and research activities can be sub-divided into the following key sectors: 1) Financial Institutions: banks and non-bank financial institutions 2) Insurance: short term insurance, assurance, reinsurance & healthcare 3) Corporate and Public Sector Debt: corporates & industrial borrowers; MFI’s; parastatals, utilities & local authorities and 4) Structured Finance & Securitisation.


  • GCR awarded Best Fund Rating Service in Africa

    GCR awarded Best Fund Rating Service in Africa

    Credit rating agency, Global Credit Ratings (GCR), has been named the Best Fund Rating Service at the inaugural 2016 African Global Funds (AGF) Africa Service Awards which recently took place in Cape Town. The AGF Africa Service Awards were created to generate public and industry recognition for excellence of fund service providers in Africa, and is the only international awards dedicated to celebrating excellence in African fund services.

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  • GCR recognised as an eligible ECAI by SARB

    GCR recognised as an eligible ECAI by SARB

    On 21 August 2015, GCR received approval from the South African Reserve Bank (“SARB”) to be recognised as an eligible External Credit Assessment Institution (“ECAI”) in terms of regulation 51 of the Regulations relating to Banks.

  • GCR’s application for registration approved by the FSB

    GCR’s application for registration approved by the FSB

    Global Credit Rating Co. (Pty) Ltd is pleased to advise our clients, investors and other interested parties that our application for registration as a credit rating agency by the Financial Services Board has been approved. Please refer to the following link to the Financial Services Board website for further details please click here

  • Benefits of a GCR Rating

    Benefits of a GCR Rating


    A favourable rating can immediately result in an increased pool of investors, can facilitate direct access to capital markets and can ultimately result in reduced funding costs. Furthermore, the extensive distribution of the detailed rating report can prove to be a highly effective complement to an organisation’s own investor relations activities.

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  • An overview of GCR’s subscription services

    An overview of GCR’s subscription services


    GCR’s overriding objective has always been to establish itself as the most credible and cost effective source of information in the marketplace and our exceptional market penetration reflects this subscriber emphasis. In view of the above, GCR established the largest subscriber base in the industry in less than 4 years.

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  • The history of GCR

    The history of GCR


    Global Credit Rating Co. (“GCR”) can trace its origins back to 1996 when it was established as the African Arm of the New York Stock Exchange-listed Duff & Phelps. Very rapid growth followed and within only a short period the group had established itself as the market leader, accounting for the majority of all ratings accorded on the African continent. GCR’s African regional headquarters are based in Johannesburg, with its main SADC, West, and East African regional offices established in Harare, Lagos and Nairobi respectively.

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  • An overview of GCR’s rating definitions

    An overview of GCR’s rating definitions


    GCR defines credit risk as the risk that an entity may not meet its contractual financial obligations as they come due. Credit ratings do not address other risks such as, but not limited to, fraud, organised crime, market liquidity, market value risk, or price volatility. Credit ratings are opinions and not statements of current or historical fact.

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Latest Headlines


GCR affirms Home Loan Guarantee Company NPC’s rating of AA+(ZA); Outlook Stable.

Johannesburg, 1 December 2016—Global Credit Ratings has today affirmed the national scale claims paying ability rating assigned to Home Loan Guarantee Company NPC of AA+(ZA), with the outlook accorded as Stable. S...

01 Dec 2016 In Rating Notifications

GCR affirms Bidvest Insurance Limited’s rating of A(ZA); Outlook Stable.

Johannesburg, 1 December 2016—Global Credit Ratings has today affirmed the national scale claims paying ability rating assigned to Bidvest Insurance Limited of A(ZA), with the outlook accorded as Stable. SUMMARY R...

01 Dec 2016 In Rating Notifications

GCR affirms Lombard Insurance Company Limited’s rating of A+(ZA); Outlook Stable.

Johannesburg, 1 December 2016—Global Credit Ratings has today affirmed the national scale claims paying ability rating assigned to Lombard Insurance Company Limited of A+(ZA), with the outlook accorded as Stable. G...

01 Dec 2016 In Rating Notifications

GCR affirms Oakhurst Insurance Company Limited’s rating of A-(ZA); Outlook Stable.

Johannesburg, 1 December 2016—Global Credit Ratings has today affirmed the national scale claims paying ability rating assigned to Oakhurst Insurance Company Limited of A-(ZA), with the outlook accorded as Stable. ...

01 Dec 2016 In Rating Notifications

GCR places Assurances Réassurances Omnibranches’ rating ‘Under Review’

Johannesburg, 1 December 2016—Global Credit Ratings has today placed Assurances Réassurances Omnibranches’ national scale claims paying ability rating of AA-(MG) ‘Under Review’. While the rating recently exp...

01 Dec 2016 In Market Alerts

GCR places Prima Reinsurance Company Limited’s rating ‘Under Review’

Johannesburg, 1 December 2016—Global Credit Ratings has today placed Prima Reinsurance Company Limited’s national scale claims paying ability rating of A-(ZM) and international scale claims paying ability rat...

01 Dec 2016 In Market Alerts

GCR places Regent Insurance Company Limited’s Rating ‘Under Review’

Johannesburg, 1 December 2016—Global Credit Ratings (“GCR”) has placed the national scale claims paying ability rating assigned to Regent Insurance Company Limited of AA-(ZA) ‘Under Review’. The rating acco...

01 Dec 2016 In Rating Notifications