High score: As the industry consolidates, revenue grows from fewer enterprises with rising employment

The Credit Bureaus and Rating Agencies industry is responsible for mitigating risk, regulating activity and standardizing information for clients including investors, credit issuers, investment banks, broker-dealers, governments and consumers. Over the past five years, the industry has fared well as a result of consumer activity and specifically consumer spending. Demand for consumer credit reports faltered during the recession, when increased lending standards reduced the volume of credit applications. Over the five years to 2018, this trend reversed as the economy grew and lenders resumed issuing loans. The industry is expected to continue growing, albeit at a slower pace than in the current five-year period, as aggregate consumer spending slows down...purchase to read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 13-18
Forecast Growth 18-23

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Lenders have resumed issuing loans due to economic growth, boosting industry revenue
  • While consumer access to credit has improved, aggregate household debt has stagnated
  • The rise in credit applications associated with household debt will increase industry demand
  • Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

    The bulk of industry operating expenses is associated with wage and employee-related costs. Despite the industry's high level of labor, only a small amount of capital is required to keep productivity high and minimize data errors. Consequently, the industry has a moderate level of capital intensity, with every $1.00 spent on wages matched by a $0.05 investment in capital in 2018.Credit rating services are largely based on propriety technology and databases. Companies rely on software and comprehensive financial models to evaluate risks and determine credit ratings. Operators also need to store and maintain data for hundreds of millions of consumers and businesses. The...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Credit Bureaus & Rating Agencies Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Credit Bureaus & Rating Agencies Industry are

  • Level of security provided/used
  • Access to high quality inputs
  • Access to highly skilled workforce
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Number of businesses and Aggregate household debt in the Credit Bureaus & Rating Agencies industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Credit Bureaus & Rating Agencies Industry?

    This industry comprises operators that provide information, outlooks and ratings on the creditworthiness of particular companies, individuals, securities or financial institutions. The industry can be divided into two primary groups: credit bureaus and credit rating agencies (CRAs). Credit bureaus offer services related to consumer credit information, while CRAs generally focus on businesses, governments, securities and financial markets.

    Industry Products
  • Individual credit reports and rating services
  • Commercial credit reports and rating services
  • Debt collection and risk management services
  • Other products and services
  • Industry Activities
  • Commercial credit reporting
  • Consumer credit reporting
  • Mercantile credit reporting
  • Credit rating of government institutions and publicly traded corporations
  • Credit rating of financial institutions
  • Credit rating of debt securities and other structured finance instruments
  • Credit investigation services
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Number of businesses
  • Aggregate household debt
  • National unemployment rate
  • S&P 500
  • Yield on 10-year Treasury note

  • Current Performance
  • Credit rating agencies
  • Credit bureaus
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Credit bureaus and rating agencies bounce back
  • Regaining credibility
  • Competition
  • Operators adjust
  • Table: Credit Bureaus & Rating Agencies Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Credit Bureaus & Rating Agencies Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Utilities
  • Finance and Insurance
  • Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
  • Debt Collection Agencies
  • Public Administration

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Debt Collection Agencies
  • Finance and Insurance
  • Public Administration
  • Utilities

  • Products & Services
  • Individual credit reports and rating services
  • Commercial credit reports and rating services
  • Other products and services
  • Debt collection and risk management services
  • Chart: Credit Bureaus & Rating Agencies Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
  • Credit bureaus
  • Credit rating agencies

  • Major Markets
  • Banks and other financial institutions
  • Businesses
  • Retail, telecommunication, utility and insurance companies
  • Federal, state and local government
  • Consumers
  • Other
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Credit Bureaus & Rating Agencies Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Wages
  • Purchases
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Credit Bureaus & Rating Agencies

  • Basis of Competition
  • Credit bureaus
  • Credit rating agencies

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Credit Bureaus & Rating Agencies Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Experian PLC, S&P Global Inc., Moody's Corporation, Equifax Inc., TransUnion,
  • Table: Experian PLC - financial performance
  • Table: S&P Global Inc. - financial performance
  • Table: Moody's Corporation - financial performance
  • Table: Equifax Inc. - financial performance
  • Table: TransUnion - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Credit Bureaus & Rating Agencies Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Credit Bureaus & Rating Agencies Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)
  • Number of Businesses (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Table: Industry Financial Ratios
    Collateralized Debt Obligations (Cdos)
  • A type of debt security that is backed by a pool of bonds, loans and other assets. Payments, risks and values are derived from the underlying asset.
  • Credit Bureau Agency
  • A company that collects information from various sources and provides consumer credit information on individuals.
  • Credit Rating Agency (Cra)
  • A company engaged in the assessment and rating of the quality and risks of debt securities, companies or organizations.
  • Database Marketing
  • A form of direct marketing that uses databases of customers or potential customers to generate personalized communications.
  • Investment Grade
  • A bond that is considered suitable for the preservation of invested capital, or one that is rated within the top four categories by Moody's or Standard & Poor's.
  • Mortgage-Backed Securities (Mbss)
  • An investment instrument backed by mortgage loans. Payments, risks and values are derived from the underlying asset.
  • Recognized Statistical Rating Organization
  • An agency that issues credit ratings that the US Securities and Exchange Commission permits other financial firms to use for various purposes.
  • The Fair And Accurate Credit Transactions Act (Fac
  • An act allowing consumers to obtain a free yearly credit report from each of the three consumer credit reporting companies (Equifax, Experian and TransUnion). Also known as the FACT Act.
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