• Our ratings analysis of Pershing LLC incorporates our view that the U.S. broker-dealer is a highly strategic subsidiary of Bank of New York Mellon Corp. (BK).
  • We believe that BK would provide support to Pershing if needed under almost all foreseeable circumstances.
  • We are assigning 'A+/A-1' issuer credit ratings to Pershing, one notch lower than the supported group credit profile of 'aa-' for BK.
  • The outlook on Pershing is stable, in line with our outlook on its parent.

NEW YORK (S&P Global Ratings) Nov. 6, 2019--, S&P Global Ratings today assigned 'A+/A-1' long-term and short-term issuer credit ratings to Pershing LLC. The rating outlook is stable.

We also assigned a resolution counterparty rating of 'A+/A-1'.

Our ratings on Pershing LLC are based on our view that the U.S.-based broker-dealer is a highly strategic subsidiary of its parent, the Bank of New York Mellon Corp. (BK) (A/Stable/A-1), and we expect that the BK group would most likely support Pershing if needed. In our view, evidence of Pershing's highly strategic importance to BK includes the business line's revenue contribution to the group, its operational and strategic integration, and BK's demonstrated funding support to Pershing. Therefore, our issuer credit rating on Pershing is one notch lower than the supported group credit profile of 'aa-' for the BK group.

The outlook on Pershing LLC will likely continue to be the same as our outlook on the parent over the next two years. Both are stable. So long as the rating on BK remains unchanged, we would change our rating on Pershing LLC only if we were to alter our view of the subsidiary's strategic importance to its parent, which we do not view as likely within the next couple of years.

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Primary Credit Analyst:Barbara Duberstein, New York (1) 212-438-5656;
barbara.duberstein@spglobal.com
Secondary Credit Analyst:Stuart Plesser, New York (1) 212-438-6870;
stuart.plesser@spglobal.com

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