Merritt Research Services Recognizes Municipal Bond Issuers with Fastest Audit Times

Since 2007, Merritt Research Services has been tracking the time it takes for municipal bond related audits to be completed and signed after the close of the fiscal year end.  Based upon the number of days between the close of the fiscal year and the date of the Independent Auditor’s Report signature, some municipal bond issuers clearly stand out from the crowd. In this report, we recognize the municipal bond borrowers who rise above their peers, completing their audits in a significantly timelier manner than the majority. The full report is available via the following link. (...)

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Chronically Late Municipal Bond Audits Further Delayed in FY 2018

Merritt Research Service’s Richard Ciccarone takes an in-depth look at chronically late municipal bond issuer audit times by credit sector and individual obligated borrowers. The full report, with a detailed statistical appendix that includes actual best and worst audit report times by sector, is available via the link below.   The analysis  provides a credit sector historical breakdown and covers fiscal years 2008 to 2018. The report points to municipal borrowers that have a track record of completing their audits in 90 or 120 days providing positive evidence that the muni...

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Merritt President and CEO, Richard A. Ciccarone Updates Annual Municipal Bond Audit Times Analysis

Municipal bond analysts and investors are accustomed to waiting a lot longer for municipal bond financial audits to be completed after the close of the fiscal year than they would on a corporate bond.  While public corporations are required to file an annual audit within 60 to 90 days after the close of the year, municipal bond borrowers often finish their audited annual reports in close to twice that time and a large number take even much longer (...)

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