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These Terms of Use were last updated on June 1, 2010.

By accessing and using standardandpoors.com (the "Web Site"), you agree to be legally bound by these Terms of Use and you represent that you are18 years or older. If any of these terms are unacceptable to you, you may not access the Web Site until agreement has been reached between you and Standard & Poor's as to the applicable terms of use. The terms "you" and "User" refer to anyone who accesses the Web Site.

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Subject to applicable laws and regulations, Standard & Poor's Financial Services LLC ("Standard & Poor's"), may change these Terms of Use at any time without notice. Changes will be posted at www.standardandpoors.com under "Terms of Use". Your use of the Web Site after any changes have been posted will constitute your agreement to the modified Terms of Use and all of the changes. Therefore, you should read these Terms of Use from time to time for changes.

1. USE OF THE WEB SITE.

Standard & Poor's grants you a non-exclusive, non-transferable, limited license to access and use the Web Site for the fees, if applicable, and under the terms set forth below.

The content of the Web Site made accessible by Standard & Poor's on the Web Site includes, but is not limited to, the Standard & Poor's ratings and other opinions, text, data, reports, images, photos, graphics, graphs, charts, animations and video (collectively, the "Content").

The Content may be used only for non-commercial use.

The Content includes:

Historical Ratings pursuant to SEC Rule 17g-2(d) (2) and (3)("Ratings History")

Historical Standard & Poor's outstanding issuer-paid credit ratings in each class of credit rating for which Standard & Poor's is registered as a Nationally Recognized Statistical Rating Organization ("NRSRO") is available at the 10% Ratings Sample Tab and the Full Ratings History Tab (collectively, the “Ratings History”). The Ratings History is made available free of charge subject to applicable time delays. It is intended that the availability of Ratings History on this Web Site will advance the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC's") goal of fostering accountability and comparability among NRSROs with respect to issuer-paid credit ratings. As such, the Ratings History may be used to, inter alia, perform analysis comparing how different NRSROs perform in the class of credit ratings for which they are registered.

Ratings History may not, however, be used or disseminated in a manner that would serve as a substitute for any Standard & Poor's product or service for which a fee is charged. This restriction is not intended to prevent use of the Ratings History for the purposes set forth in SEC Rule17g-2(d).

Non-Historical Ratings made available on standardandpoors.com

All ratings on the Web Site, excluding only the Ratings History, are referred to as "Non-Historical Ratings", regardless of their currency or date of issuance

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You may, on an ad hoc basis, use individual Non-Historical Ratings in the ordinary course of securities disclosure activities and the drafting of transaction documents internally within your organization or publish, on a non-commercial basis, selected individual Non-Historical Ratings. Notwithstanding the foregoing:

  • Non-Historical Ratings may not be compiled into a database;
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  • Non-Historical Ratings may not be systematically distributed or shared.

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The CUSIP information made available on standardandpoors.com consists of security identifiers and related descriptive information and is protected under the copyright laws and is licensed with permission from CUSIP Global Services ("CGS"), on behalf of the American Bankers Association ("ABA").

User agrees and acknowledges that the CUSIP Database and the information contained therein is and shall remain valuable intellectual property owned by, or licensed to, Standard & Poor's CUSIP Service Bureau ("CSB") and the American Bankers Association ("ABA"), and that no proprietary rights are being transferred to User in such materials or in any of the information contained therein. Any use by User outside of the clearing and settlement of transactions requires a license from CSB, along with an associated fee based on usage. User agrees that misappropriation or misuse of such materials will cause serious damage to CSB and ABA, and that in such event money damages may not constitute sufficient compensation to CSB and ABA; consequently, User agrees that in the event of any misappropriation or misuse, CSB and ABA shall have the right to obtain injunctive relief in addition to any other legal or financial remedies to which CSB and ABA may be entitled.

User agrees that User shall not publish or distribute in any medium the CUSIP Database or any information contained therein or summaries or subsets thereof to any person or entity except in connection with the normal clearing and settlement of security transactions. User further agrees that the use of CUSIP numbers and descriptions is not intended to create or maintain, and does not serve the purpose of the creation or maintenance of, a master file or database of CUSIP descriptions or numbers for itself or any third party recipient of such service and is not intended to create and does not serve in any way as a substitute for the CUSIP MASTER TAPE, PRINT, DB, INTERNET, ELECTRONIC, CD-ROM Services and/or any other future services developed by the CSB.

Intellectual Property Rights and Unlawful Use

The Content is the property of Standard & Poor's or its providers, and is protected by copyright and other intellectual property laws. All trade names, trademarks, service marks and other product and service names and logos on the Web Site and within the Content are proprietary to their respective owners and are protected by applicable trademark and copyright laws. Any of the trademarks, service marks or logos (collectively, the "Marks") displayed on the Web Site may be registered or unregistered marks of Standard & Poor's or others. Nothing contained on this Web Site should be construed as granting any license or right to use any of the Marks displayed on the Web Site without the express written permission of Standard & Poor's or a third party owner of such Marks. You shall honor all reasonable requests by Standard & Poor's to protect Standard & Poor's proprietary interests in the Standard & Poor's Web Site and the Content.

Illegal and unauthorized uses of the Marks or any other Content are strictly prohibited.

NOTE: Use of Content on this Web Site may be periodically monitored to assure compliance with these Terms of Use. Standard & Poor's reserves the right to discontinue access to this Web Site either with or without notice if Standard & Poor's has a reasonable basis to believe that a User is accessing or using Content in violation of these Terms of Use.

2. ANTI-HACKING PROVISION

You expressly agree not to:

  • use or attempt to use any "deep-link," "scraper," "robot,""bot," "spider," "data-mining," "computer code" or any other automated device, program, tool, algorithm,process, or methodology or manual process having similar processes or functionality, to access, acquire, copy, or monitor any portion of the Web Site, any data or Content found on or accessed through the Web Site or any Other Content without the prior express written consent of Standard &Poor's;
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  • take or attempt any action that, in the sole discretion of Standard & Poor's, imposes or may impose an unreasonable or disproportionately large load or burden on the Web Site or Standard & Poor's infrastructure.

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As part of the registration process, you must select a member name and password and provide Standard & Poor's with other accurate, complete, and updated information. If you are accessing this Web Site within the scope of your employment, you are required to register using your employer’s domain name. Failure to provide this information constitutes a breach of this Agreement, which may result in immediate termination of your access. Please see our Privacy Notice and the Registration and Logon screens for information regarding how this information will be used and maintained.

4. LIMITATION ON WARRANTIES AND LIABILITY

You are entirely liable for activities conducted by you or anyone else in connection with your browsing and use of the Web Site. If you are dissatisfied with the Web Site or with these Terms of Use, your sole and exclusive remedy is to stop using the Web Site. Neither Standard & Poor's nor any third party provider will pay you any damages in connection with your browsing or use of the Web Site.

Neither Standard & Poor's, nor its affiliates, nor their third party providers guarantee the accuracy, completeness, timeliness or availability of any information provided through this Web Site. Standard & Poor's, its affiliates or their third party providers and their directors, officers, shareholders, employees or agents are not responsible for any errors or omissions, regardless of the cause, or for the results obtained from the use of such information. STANDARD & POOR'S, ITS AFFILIATES AND THEIR THIRD PARTY PROVIDERS DISCLAIM ANY AND ALL EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, ANY WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR USE. In no event shall Standard & Poor's, its affiliates or their third party providers and their directors, officers, shareholders, employees or agents be liable to any party for any direct, indirect, incidental, exemplary, compensatory, punitive, special or consequential damages, costs, expenses, legal fees, or losses (including, without limitation, lost income or lost profits and opportunity costs) in connection with any use of such information even if advised of the possibility of such damages.

The ratings and credit related analyses of Standard & Poor's and its affiliates and the observations contained in reports and articles published on this Web Site are statements of opinion as of the date they are expressed and not statements of fact or recommendations to purchase, hold, or sell any securities or make any investment decisions. Standard & Poor's assumes no obligation to update any information following publication. Users of the information provided through this Web Site should not rely on any of it in making any investment decision. Standard & Poor's opinions and analyses do not address the suitability of any security. Standard & Poor's does not act as a fiduciary or an investment advisor. While Standard & Poor's has obtained information from sources it believes to be reliable, Standard & Poor's does not perform an audit and undertakes no duty of due diligence or independent verification of any information it receives. Standard & Poor's keeps certain activities of its business units separate from each other in order to preserve the independence and objectivity of each of these activities. As a result, certain business units of Standard & Poor's may have information that is not available to other Standard & Poor's business units. Standard & Poor's has established policies and procedures to maintain the confidentiality of certain non-public information received in connection with each analytical process.

The Standard & Poor's Ratings Services business may receive compensation for its ratings and credit related analyses, normally from issuers or underwriters of securities or from obligors. Standard & Poor's reserves the right to disseminate its opinions and analyses. Standard & Poor's public ratings and analyses are made available on its Web sites, www.standardandpoors.com (free of charge) and www. ratingsdirect.com and www.globalcreditportal.com (subscription), and may be distributed through other means, including via Standard & Poor's publications and third party redistributors. Additional information about our ratings fees is available here.

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6. TIMELINESS OF CONTENT

The Content displayed on the Web Site, including, but not limited to, reports and other opinions, is current as of the date appearing on the report and is subject to change without notice. Unless indicated otherwise, ratings are updated periodically by Standard & Poor's to reflect changes in the market and other criteria. However, Standard & Poor's does not guarantee or warrant the accuracy, timeliness, or completeness of any ratings you access using the Web Site, and assumes no obligation to update any information following publication.

7. THE USER'S CONTENT

The User grants to Standard & Poor' the non-exclusive right to use all material entered into the Web Site by the User (other than third-party material transmitted through private electronic mail) in any of Standard & Poor's or The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.'s print or electronic publications.

Users entering material into the Web Site are responsible for the content of that material. Neither Standard & Poor's nor The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. has any responsibility for Other Content, including the content of any messages or information posted by Users or others, or for the content of information accessible via direct or indirect hyperlinks from the Standard & Poor's Web Site. However, Standard & Poor's retains the right, which it may or may not exercise in its sole discretion, to review, edit, or delete Other Content that Standard & Poor's deems to be illegal, offensive, or otherwise inappropriate.

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8. ADDITIONAL LEGAL TERMS

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