Ready or Not, Here They Come

This year more companies will be subjected to an Enterprise Risk Management (“ERM”) review by credit rating agencies such as Standard & Poor’s as a result of newly implemented credit rating methodologies.  The lack of a solid ERM program could translate into higher credit costs for those companies who have not embraced the discipline. Here’s some guidance from a recent article in The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel.

Steps To Prepare For S&P’s Risk Discussion

The following are some steps that nonfinancial companies should consider to better prepare for discussions with S&P analysts: 

  1. Form an interdisciplinary ERM credit team to roll up risk-assessment data on the organization’s risk-management culture and strategy from across the enterprise, and analyze the impact of the data on the creditworthiness of the enterprise.  
  2. Leverage ERM-type analyses already implemented, for example, Sarbanes-Oxley financial-control risk analysis and compliance risk assessment. 
  3. Evaluate the current state of the risk-management culture.  
  4. Demonstrate how ERM affects strategic planning. S&P has listed several strategic processes affected by risk and risk-management analysis, including capital budgeting, strategic asset allocation, acquisitions and divestitures, performance management, and incentive compensation. 

ERM Benefits Beyond Enhanced Credit Rating 

Finally, a robust ERM process will yield benefits far beyond credit-rating enhancement. An effective ERM process will: 

  1. reduce operational and compliance surprises by providing early warning of impending corporate threats; 
  2. enable companies to identify and correct control deficiencies, thereby permitting process improvements, before they result in operational failures or are discovered by regulators;  
  3. enable the reduction of penalties and fines in the event of a compliance failure through self-reporting and restitution; 
  4. improve the decision-making process through greater awareness of risks and mitigating strategies;
  5. and improve capital allocation across business units because risk information will facilitate weighing expected returns against the risks inherent in undertaking a business opportunity.

Is your company ready?  If not, Wheelhouse Advisors can help with cost-effective solutions.  Visit to learn more.

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    One Response to Ready or Not, Here They Come

    1. Bill Cash says:

      I just stopped by your blog and thought I would say hello. I like your site design. Looking forward to reading more down the road.

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