OakNorth partners with PNC bank to introduce a Covid-19 vulnerability rating

By Aisling Finn on Friday 5 June 2020

Alternative Lending

The one to five rating system assesses loans based on vulnerability and will allow commercial lenders to re-underwrite their loan books.

OakNorth partners with PNC bank to introduce a Covid-19 vulnerability rating
Image source: Rishi Khosla/OakNorth


OakNorth has partnered with publicly-listed American bank PNC to roll out a ‘Covid Vulnerability Rating’ (CVR) to support commercial lenders through the coronavirus crisis.

The CVR framework will be used across the two banks’ commercial and industrial (C&I) and commercial real estate (CRE) loan books.

The system will rate loans from one to five depending on vulnerability and takes key measures into account such as revenue, operating costs, working capital and capital expenditure.

Both banks will run several tests periodically to help model the “rapidly evolving scenarios of Covid-19” across 130 “proprietary subsector-specific stress scenarios.”

The Framework enables commercial lenders to re-underwrite loans and brings consistency to their credit approach through the crisis, running risk analysis consistently.

Rishi Khosla, co-founder of OakNorth, said: “Never has the need for enriched underwriting, credit science and a forward-looking approach been more important in commercial lending than it is right now with the ongoing challenges posed by COVID-19.”

“Instead of playing for defence, spending time trying to figure out where their current books stand, running scenarios based on financial models that are no longer relevant, and trying to minimise the downside, we are working with lenders to enable them to get on the offensive, focusing on growing their business and orchestrating a consistent customer financing strategy,” he added. 

As well as helping to dish out loans to companies over in the US, OakNorth has been helping businesses on this side of the pond too.

OakNorth was one of the first to gain CBILS accreditation from the British Business Bank and has since allocated more than £160m in government-backed loans.

CEO Khosla also recently declared interest in acquisition opportunities for the second time in a public forum last month.

Sign up for our newsletters

Your daily 7am download of all things alternative finance and fintech.

Fintech and alternative finance headlines with an exclusive Editor's Note each week. Delivered Monday at midday.

AltFi's new weekly US newsletter breaking down the ins and outs of America's burgeoning fintech sector. Delivered Monday 9am EST/ 6am PST.