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South Africa’s central bank has disagreed with a ratings decision by Moody’s to downgrade Capitec Bank Limited (Capitec) by two notches, and place it on review for a further downgrade. The central bank says it respects the independent opinion of rating agencies but that it does not “agree with the rationale given in taking this step”. Two reasons are given for the rating action: a lower likelihood of sovereign systemic support based on decisions recently taken in relation to African Bank Limited (African Bank), and heightened concerns regarding the risk inherent in Capitec’s consumer lending focus. “With regard to the first point, it is important to reiterate that the approach taken by the SARB to any resolution to address systemic risk will always be based on the circumstances and merits of the particular prevailing situation. Decisions will also be informed, as was the case with African Bank, by principles contained in the Key Attributes for Effective Resolution Regimes proposed by the Financial Stability Board (FSB), which have the objective that a bank should be able to fail without affecting the system,” notes the central bank in an official statement. “This is in keeping with evolving international best practice. In the case of African Bank bond holders and wholesale depositors are taking a 10% haircut, which is generally regarded as being very positive given that the trades following the announcement of African Bank's results were taking place at around 40% of par. Therefore in fact substantial support was provided, not reduced. Moreover, all retail depositors were kept whole and are able to access their accounts fully,” it adds - According to the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) credit card receivables increased by 2.1% in the second quarter to HKD112, after a reduction of 6.7% in the previous quarter. The total number of credit card accounts edged up by 0.7% to around 16.8m.The rollover amount, which reflects the amount of borrowing by customers using their credit cards, increased by 2.9% during the quarter to HKD19.2bn. The rollover ratio also rose marginally from 17.0% to 17.1% in the same period. The charge-off amount increased to HKD569mduring the quarter from HKD528m in the previous quarter. Correspondingly, the quarterly charge-off ratio rose to 0.51% from 0.46% in the previous quarter. The amount of rescheduled receivables transferred outside the surveyed institutions’ credit card portfolios reduced to HKD94m from HK$109m in the previous quarter. The delinquent amount increased to HKD249m at end-June from HKD239m at end-March. However, the delinquency ratio remained the same at 0.22% because of an increase in total card receivables. The combined delinquent and rescheduled ratio (after taking into account the transfer of rescheduled receivables mentioned above) edged up to 0.29% from 0.28% during the same period - Harkand has been awarded a contract to support Apache with inspection, repair and maintenance work (IRM) as well as light construction (LC) across their assets in the North Sea, following completion of a competitive tender exercise. The award includes the provision of vessels, ROV and diving services for a three-year period, plus two one-year options. The firm will also support offshore marine construction contractor EMAS AMC who have been awarded a separate contract for pipe lay and heavy construction as part of the same tender process. Harkand Europe managing director, David Kerr, said: “This contract is an important step in strengthening our close working relationship and growing our North Sea business with Apache.

Accessing Russia 2013

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16 May 2013 City of London

Ironmongers' Hall

Shaftesbury Place (off Aldersgate Street)

Barbican

London

EC2Y 8AA

 

Feedback from delegates tells us that they want coverage of all the main asset classes.

The agenda will include:

·         Central Securities Depositary in Russia
·         Corporate Finance
·         Corporate Governance
·         Electronic Trading
·         Fixed Income and Structured Products
·         Foreign Exchange
·         Index Linked Products
·         IT Infrastructure
·         Liquidity
·         Privatisation
·         Real Estate
·         Regulation
·         Russian Stock Exchange & Equity Investment, Russian IPOs
·         Trade Finance

The Foreign Exchange panel will include issues such as the role of the rouble as a regional reserve currency; clearing and settlement; role of the Bank of Russia

At previous conferences we have had a wide range of investors attend including:

Alliance Bernstein, AXA Investment Managers, Bache, Baring Asset Management, BC Capital, Blackrock, BZ WBK AIB Investment Fund, F&C Management, Fidelity, FIL Investments International, Greenwich Trust, Griffin Capital Management, HSBC Global Asset Management, Ignis Asset Management, Impax Asset Management, Invesco Perpetual. Jupiter, La Branche Investment Management, Legg Mason, M&G Investment Management, Marco Polo, Pictet Asset Management, PineBridge Investments, Prosperity Capital Management, Raymond James Investment Services, SEB Wealth Management, Spinnaker Capital, Turquoise Global Holdings, UBS Global Asset Management, Valartis Bank, Wilmington Trust and the 2013 event will be a great opportunity for you to meet clients and future clients.

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