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Wright Quality Ratings

Since 1970, Wright Investors' Service has rated all of the companies in its database (when there is sufficient information available). The Wright Quality Rating, measures the overall investment quality of a company.

Wright Quality Ratings are based on numerous individual measures of quality, grouped into four principal components: (1) Investment Acceptance (i.e. stock liquidity), (2) Financial Strength, (3) Profitability & Stability, and (4) Growth. The ratings are based on established principles using 5-6 years of corporate record and other investment data.

The ratings consist of three letters and a number. Each letter reflects a composite qualitative measurement of numerous individual standards which may be summarized as follows:

A = Outstanding; B = Excellent; C = Good; D = Fair; L = Limited; N = Not Rated.

The number component of the Quality Rating is also a composite measurement of the annual corporate growth, based on earnings and modified by growth rates of equity, dividends, and sales per common share. The Growth rating may vary from 0 (lowest) to 20 (highest). (See sample Quality Rating below.)

The highest quality rating assigned by Wright is AAA20. This rating would be assigned to a company that has a large and broad base of shareholders, an outstanding balance sheet and strong and stable profitability. The company would also have experienced superior growth over the past several years.

The Wright Quality Rating assigned to a company also takes into consideration country and industry variations. If there is not sufficient information available, the quality rating will not be assigned or an “N” (not-rated) will be applied for that particular quality criteria.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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