Fitch Ratings plans to come out with recommended reporting standards for collateralized debt obligations in Europe. Shaun Baddeley, head of performance analytics at Fitch in London, said the first set of recommendations will focus on deals backed by loans made to small- and medium-sized enterprises and is expected to be released later this month. The aim of the standards is to establish a set of information guidelines for issuers to meet investor requirements for disclosure and consistency. Baddelay declined to go into detail on the recommendations, except to say they will stipulate reporting requirements for delinquencies, defaults, credit events, security on the underlying and recovery rates on the collateral.
Later this year, the rating agency plans to release two other sectors of reporting guidelines, which will cover synthetic arbitrage CDOs (both static and managed) and managed cash CDOs.