About Rapid Ratings

The Financial Health Rating

Rapid Ratings International, Inc. is the creator of the proprietary FHR® (Financial Health Rating), the industry’s leading assessment of public and private company financial health.

Our disruptive methodology, scalable solutions, and unparalleled support enable businesses to effectively manage and price risks associated with the financial health of third-parties including customers, trading counterparties, suppliers, vendors, and investments.

What We Provide Our Clients

Hundreds of leading organizations across industry verticals rely on the FHR’s data visualization and detailed reporting tools to provide visibility and early warning of financial deterioration or improvement. Rapid Ratings is the only company to rate public and private companies, from any industry, globally on the same basis and with the same depth of analysis.

What Makes Us Different

Our ability to provide ratings across public and private companies is a hallmark of our service offerings at Rapid Ratings. We are the only firm that provides clients with the ability to look at the financial health of their counterparties and third-parties on apples-to-apples basis.

Additionally, our services for integrating private financials include being able to solicit financials on our clients’ behalf, an extremely valuable service unparalleled in the marketplace. Leveraging our solutions and services, industry-leading companies are empowered to capitalize on opportunities with superior assessment and mitigation of risk.

How We Started

Dr. Patrick Caragata was repeatedly struck by the problems of the ratings industry throughout his work as an economist in Canada and New Zealand.  The ratings industry used issuer-paid models and qualitatively-assessed ratings that were rife with conflicts of interest and biases, along with an insufficient means of measuring corporate or country risk. Dr. Caragata analyzed millions of company years’ worth of data to assess the financial health and performance of companies.  In 1991, this research resulted in developing the initial framework for the Financial Health Rating (FHR) technology as a solution to these challenges.

In 2007, James H. Gellert and Douglas M. Cameron brought Rapid Ratings to the United States.  As US bankers and entrepreneurs with extensive experience in the financial and business information services markets, they were the ideal team to launch Rapid Ratings in New York.  Mr. Gellert is the company’s Chairman and CEO, Mr. Cameron is President and Director of Rating Operations, and Dr. Caragata is Executive Vice-Chairman and remains at the helm of research and development.

Now headquartered in New York, Rapid Ratings continually launches new products to meet the universal business need for high-quality & actionable financial health analysis.