KBRA Assigns Rating to BGC Partners, Inc. Senior Unsecured Notes Issue
KBRA assigns a senior unsecured debt rating of BBB with a Stable Outlook to the senior unsecured notes issued by BGC Partners, Inc. (NASDAQ: BGCP) ("BGC" or "the company"). The notes are scheduled to mature on May 25, 2028. BGC is a leading global wholesale brokerage and financial technology company serving an array of financial and capital market participants. BGC's customers encompass governments, corporations, and financial institutions, including banks, brokers, investment funds, and hedge funds.
Key Credit Considerations
The ratings are underpinned by management's long record of producing mostly consistent operating results, adapting to regulatory changes and market evolution, and ongoing emphasis of risk and liquidity management. In addition, BGC's agency brokerage business model and concomitant higher quality balance sheet comprised of assets with low credit and market risk also reinforce the ratings.
The issuer is well positioned at the current rating. Although not anticipated, an erosion in business fundamentals that precipitated a declining trend in revenues would cause the rating to be re-evaluated. In addition, a change in capital management such that leverage were to be managed above 5x or a decline in profitability that pressured the interest coverage to deteriorate to below 4x on a regular basis would also trigger reconsideration of the current ratings.
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