Our rating process is completely transparent, reliable, customer friendly and in due form and time. To gain a credible opinion, the rating process typically  starts with an in depth analysis of quantitative, qualitative and legal aspects of the company under investigation, followed by onsite visits, intensive  discussions and feedback rounds in the back office and at the rating committee. Finally the results are documented in a detailed rating report and  presented to the company under investigation (or to the investors) at an onsite presentation given by the analytical team. The rating process itself  typically follows the diagram below:  A clear understanding where a company’s power lies helps the enterprise to take fair advantage of a  situation of strength, improve a situation of weakness and avoids taking wrong decisions. To understand this  power and to ensure that all issues are considered in an industry specific way, the analysis is divided into  five categories: Financial analysis of the company (thorough review of the business fundamentals, the audited annual financial statements of the last three to five years, company’s economic strength, ...). Market and Competition (company’s competitiveness within its industry, industry prospects for growth, ...). Legal due diligence performed by collaborating attorneys (relevant legal documents, regulatory actions, ....). Technological due diligence (vulnerability to technological changes, freedom to operate, ...). Other factors (management team, personnel strength, …). Members of the rating / evaluation team meet with the management team of the company under review to  discuss in detail all key factors that may influence the company’s future prospects. These meetings are  essential to develop and refine the qualitative assessments.  Review in detail the firm's operating and financial plans. Management’s role in determining operational success and policies. Company’s specific information and business strategies. Examination of operations and products. Results from the above quantitative and qualitative analyses are reassessed and once more the value  drivers are critically examined. Plans will be judged for their plausibility and the management team for their  capacity of implementation. Periodic phone conferences with the client company are typical during this  phase of the rating process to discuss open questions and ongoing developments. The result is presented  to a rating committee which finally decides upon the rating result or the company’s value.  Finally, the rating result is presented and discussed with the client company. Thus, our clients do not just get a “school grade” or a “price tag”, they get an in depth  analysis and a better understanding of their company, its strengths and weaknesses and its competitive position. All this is summed up in a rating report that  describes the company’s business risk profile. The company's shareholders will become aware of the key factors that will drive the company’s present  creditworthiness and its future success. As a result, they will not only get a profound understanding of the company's strengths and weaknesses but also an  objective judgment of their investment.  For company ratings, SciXess®  closely collaborates with the renowned rating agency R@S  (Munich, Germany). SciXessful Rating Consulting Licensing Rating Benefit from our extensive experience! Independently, whether we perform a technology or a company rating, we strongly believe that this complex process, consitsting of an in-depth qualitative and a quantitative analysis, ultimatively depends on the experience and the diligence of the conducting agency. Thus, we strictly follow the strong IOSCO  principles to provide you an independent, objective, credible and transparent rating result. © sciXess® 2002-2012 Legal Note