SOURCE: Kamakura Corporation

December 07, 2006 10:00 ET

Global Credit Quality Continues to Hold Steady in November

Current Credit Quality Better Than 81% of Last 190 Months

HONOLULU, HI -- (MARKET WIRE) -- December 7, 2006 -- Kamakura Corporation announced today that its monthly global index of troubled companies remained roughly unchanged in November, down just 0.1% to 7.0% of the global corporate universe compared to October. November global credit quality was superior to 81% of the monthly periods since January 1990, the same rank as October. Kamakura defines a troubled company as a company whose default probability is in excess of 1%. The index covers more than 17,000 public companies in 29 countries using the fourth generation version of Kamakura's advanced credit models. The Kamakura troubled company index reached its 16-year low of 5.5% in April 2006. Its 16-year high of 28% was reached in September 2001, the worst part of the last recession.

"The Kamakura global credit quality index has been very stable over the last three months, the longest period of stability we have seen for some time," said Warren Sherman, Kamakura President and Chief Operating Officer. "The number of companies with default probabilities between 1% and 5% was 5.0% of the global public company universe in November, down 0.2% from October. Companies with default probabilities between 5 and 10% were unchanged at 1.0% of the universe. The percentage of companies with default probabilities between 10% and 20% increased in November by 0.1% to 0.6% of the universe. The number of global companies with default probabilities over 20% also increased 0.1% to 0.4% of the universe at the end of November."

Beginning in January 2006, Kamakura has moved to a global index covering 29 countries using the annualized one month default probability produced by the best performing credit model of the Kamakura Risk Information Services default and correlation service. The model used is the fourth generation Jarrow-Chava reduced form default probability, a formula that bases default predictions on a sophisticated combination of financial ratios, stock price history, and macro-economic factors. The countries currently covered by the index include Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Luxemburg, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom, and the United States.

Kamakura is offering free trials of its KRIS default probability and default correlation service to qualified institutions. For more information on Kamakura's free trial offer please contact Kamakura at More information can also be found on the Kamakura Corporation web site and in "Advanced Financial Risk Management" (John Wiley & Sons, 2004) by Kamakura's van Deventer, Kenji Imai, and Mark Mesler (available on

About Kamakura Corporation

Kamakura Corporation is a leading provider of risk management information, processing and software. Kamakura has been a provider of daily default probabilities and default correlations for listed companies since November, 2002. Kamakura launched its business mortality model for unlisted companies in January 2004. Kamakura is also the first company in the world to develop and install a fully integrated enterprise risk management system that analyzes credit risk, market risk, asset and liability management, and transfer pricing software system. Kamakura has served more than 150 clients ranging in size from $3 billion in assets to $1.6 trillion in assets. Kamakura's risk management products are currently used in 23 countries, including the United States, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, France, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Australia, Japan, China, Korea and many other countries in Asia.

Kamakura's research effort is led by Professor Robert Jarrow, who was named Financial Engineer of the Year in 1997 by the International Association of Financial Engineers. Professor Jarrow and Dr. van Deventer were both named to the 50 member RISK Hall of Fame in December 2002. Kamakura management has published more than 100 publications on credit risk, market risk, and asset and liability management. Kamakura has world-wide distribution alliances with IPS-Sendero ( and Unisys (, making Kamakura products available in almost every major city around the globe.

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