Friday 27th March 2015
NEWS TICKER, THURSDAY MARCH 26th 2015: Moody's says that The Link Real Estate Investment Trust's (A2 stable) acquisition of the mid-end positioned EC Mall in Beijing is credit negative, but has no immediate impact on its ratings. The acquisition, while immediate EBITDA and cash flow accretive, will reduce liquidity and increase debt leverage, as measured by gross debt to EBITDA. This is Link's first venture into the Chinese retail market. Yesterday, Link announced that it will acquire EC Mall for a total consideration of RMB2.5bn. The transaction will close on April 1st - The outcomes of the March 19th-20th spring European Council will be debated with European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker at 15.00 today. Agenda items at the Council include Energy Union, the EU’s economic situation, its eastern partnership, and the situation in Libya - -- The sharp fall in oil prices will have a positive, yet limited credit impact for most European asset-backed securities (ABS) collateralised by loans granted to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), says Moody's Investors Service in a sector comment published today. "If we balance both direct and indirect exposures to the oil and gas sectors, which affect performance the most, the net effect is slightly positive," says Monica Curti, a Moody's Vice President and author of the report. The rating agency observes that securitised portfolios have very low direct exposure to the oil and gas industries, for which lower prices are credit negative. For pools where borrowers are indirectly exposed to these sectors, Moody’s says the oil price decline will be slightly positive in terms of credit performance due to its strong positive effect on sectors such as airlines, shipping and packaged food, which represent up to 12% of some European ABS SME portfolios. However, for over 60% of the ABS SME transactions that Moody's studied, the net effect of oil price exposures is negligible. In addition, the general positive effect of the oil price decline on economic growth will be mild. "While sustained lower oil prices would significantly boost economic growth in principle, their positive effect will be mild for European SMEs because of the euro area's low dependency on oil and the fact that oil prices have fallen in a subdued economy," says Ariel Weil, a Moody's vice president and co-author of the report - The Straits Times Index (STI) ended +5.76 points higher or +0.17% to 3419.02, taking the year-to-date performance to +1.60%. The FTSE ST Mid Cap Index gained +0.38% while the FTSE ST Small Cap Index gained +0.48%. The top active stocks were SingTel (+0.70%), UOB (+0.61%), DBS (-0.05%), Keppel Corp (+1.13%) and OCBC Bank (+0.29%). Outperforming sectors today were represented by the FTSE ST Utilities Index (+3.48%). The two biggest stocks of the FTSE ST Utilities Index are United Envirotech (+0.31%) and Hyflux (+1.14%). The underperforming sector was the FTSE ST Real Estate Holding and Development Index, which declined -0.33% with Hongkong Land Holdings’ share price declining -0.94% and Global Logistic Properties’ share price gaining +0.78%. – Reuters reports that Chicago-based CME Group had planned to debut an EU wheat-futures contract by the end of next month, but it has yet to reach agreements with local companies to guarantee sufficient deliverable capacity. Eric Hasham, senior director, CME Group is quoted as saying: "If for whatever reasons the parties that we are speaking to decide not to move forward ... we would not be making the contract available.” - Nigeria and Ivory Coast are looking to emulate Senegal's successful move into the market for Islamic bonds or sukuk, the head of the Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD) has said. Earlier this month the ICD, which is the private sector arm of the Jeddah-based Islamic Development Bank Group, signed an agreement with the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) to cooperate in the development of the private sector in ICD member countries in Africa - Turkey received foreign direct investment worth $1.8bn in January, according to Turkey’s Economy Ministry. The energy sector was the largest recipient of international capital during the month with $735m worth of inflows. Foreign investment to the county increased by 44% in the first month of 2015 compared with the same month in the previous year, said the statement. Around a quarter of the investment came from European countries, a significant decrease (-76%) compared with January 2014. More than $420m in investments came from Asian countries, such as China and Malaysia. There were 175 new, foreign-funded companies established in the first month of the year, down from 410 in the same month of 2014. A total of 41,699 companies were operating in Turkey with international capital as of January 2015, with 24,612 of them operating in Turkey’s largest province, Istanbul, the ministry said. The report also said that of the total number of foreign-funded companies in Turkey, 6,054 were German-funded and 2,774 were financed by the United Kingdom. Turkey received a total of $12.4bn in foreign direct investment in 2014, down 1.7% compared with 2013.

Citadele Bank repays Latvian state term deposit ahead of schedule

Wednesday, 15 February 2012
Citadele Bank repays Latvian state term deposit ahead of schedule Citadele Bank has repaid the whole sum of €203.7m of the Latvian State term deposit to the Ministry of Finance. These funds were repaid in instalments over one-and-a-half years, and the total sum was repaid earlier than planned. Citadele paid €14.7m in interest to the State for using the deposit between August 2010 until February 2012. http://www.ftseglobalmarkets.com/

Citadele Bank has repaid the whole sum of €203.7m of the Latvian State term deposit to the Ministry of Finance. These funds were repaid in instalments over one-and-a-half years, and the total sum was repaid earlier than planned. Citadele paid €14.7m in interest to the State for using the deposit between August 2010 until February 2012.

Citadele Bank has repaid the whole sum of €203.7m of the Latvian State term deposit to the Ministry of Finance. These funds were repaid in instalments over one-and-a-half years, and the total sum was repaid earlier than planned. Citadele paid €14.7m in interest to the State for utilising the deposit between August 2010 and February 2012.

The last instalment, €46.94m, was transferred to the State Treasury on February 14th, of €340,000 interest.  “The bank has acquired certain trust in people’s eyes in order to attract the necessary funds for repaying State deposit and ensuring liquidity. Now Citadele will have to prove that it can increase its value regardless of the volatility that exists in European financial markets so that it can be handed over to private shareholders, recovering the funds invested in its share capital, within a reasonable period,” claims economy minister Daniels Pavļuts.

“Having repaid the State term deposit, our team will now continue developing Citadele in a well-considered manner focused on long-term cooperation with our clients. We will continue increasing the bank’s liquidity and we will concentrate on a solid and profitable asset structure,” says Juris Jākobsons, chairman of the Board of directors of Citadele Bank.



Up to now, “Citadele has especially promoted deposit products ...  [which] are the main source of funding for the bank,” explains Jākobsons, which has enabled the bank to “issue new loans worth LVL 151m in 2011 in Latvia. This is 10% of the total amount of newly issued loans in the local banking sector. In 2012 we will continue funding the Latvian economy paying special attention to small and medium enterprises, and facilitating utilisation of resources available from the EU structural funds. We will also continue working on introducing new products and services tailored to the needs of clients. Every Lat deposited with Citadele is invested in the Latvian economy, and it continues working for the benefit of the national economy.”

Apart from the term deposit Citadele Bank also has a subordinated loan worth €64.3m granted by SJSC “Privatization Agency”. Citadele has paid €11.4m in interest for this loan between September 2010 and February 2012 to the Latvian State. The state’s share in the bank’s capital is worth some LVL77.2m  (around € 109.8m), which eventually will be sold off to recover its funds.

The bank, which was founded at the end of July 2010 is majority owned by the country's SJSC Privatisation Agency; while 25% plus one share is held by the EBRD. The bank claims to be trading profitably.

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