Title: Business evaluation systems: credit risk assessment by using a linear combination of financial ratios

Authors: Antonio Focacci

Addresses: University of Bologna, Faculty of Economics, Management Sciences Department, Piazza Scaravilli, 2-40126 Bologna, Italy

Abstract: As a direct consequence of the new Basel 2 Accord for banking and Solvency 2 for insurance, the financial services industry is searching for the development of new quantitative approaches in order to evaluate operational credit risks more effectively. Starting from these premises, this paper develops a method to assess credit risks consisting of a combination of widely used ratios in the financial statement analysis with the aim to present a synthetic business comparative evaluation model. Without any pretension to be exhaustive, some empirical cases are reported as application of the method to real figures pertaining to the listed companies.

Keywords: business evaluation systems; comparative information; credit ratings; credit risk assessment; management systems; financial ratios; financial statement analysis.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBSR.2008.020765

International Journal of Business and Systems Research, 2008 Vol.2 No.4, pp.387 - 399

Published online: 14 Oct 2008 *

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