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According to Adam Cordery, global head of European fixed income, Santander Asset Management, and fund manager for the Santander Euro Corporate Short Term and Euro Corporate bond funds, “Pricing of risk assets doesn’t offer much of a margin for error at the moment. And now Europe is starting to go on holiday, market liquidity may get poorer than normal, and any buys today may well have to be holds until September. It is always interesting to note what yields are required to attract clients to financial products. Twenty years ago, bond funds offering yields of 10%+ could generally attract lots of client interest very quickly. However as rates have come down over the years, so the yields clients demand have fallen. Now 4% seems to be the new 10%, he say. Cordery thinks that unfortunately, investors often want today the yield/risk mix that was available last year, so the products that get launched, sold and bought in size may be more risky than people think. “Products with 4% yield will sell well today, but to get to a 4% yield in Euro you need to invest in a portfolio with an average rating of single-B, and that is far from being risk-free. I get the impression the conventional wisdom today is to think that interest rates must surely go up soon and the main risk to bond portfolios is an increase in bund yields. Because of this many investors are buying short-duration products and floating rate notes, perhaps viewing them as a safe choice, almost like cash. It is possible however that these products may yet prove to have a considerable sensitivity to changes in credit market spreads and/or bond market liquidity, and may prove to be no protection at all.” - Commenting on the RBS share price jump, Dr Pete Hahn of Cass Business School, says “It's hard to tell whether the RBS share price jump today is more about relief or optimism. The former is about fewer fines, fewer losses on loans, and fewer costs in a shrinking business and possibly dividends for shareholders. And there's the rub, owning shares (as opposed to interest bearing debt) should be about optimism and long-term growth in dividends. But from a shrinking business? Few would argue that RBS' retail and corporate bank had efficiencies to be gained and cash flow that might be converted to dividends; yet like most banks, RBS' cost of equity remains stubbornly and appropriately above its ability to provide a return on that equity. For shareholders, current improvements should mean dividends in the medium term but a recognition that RBS may lack any merit for new investment and delivering any long-term dividend growth - not good. While many large retail banks are getting safer, in some aspects, and we often speak of them in terms of moving toward utility type models, banks take risks, are cyclical, face competition, have new business challengers, and are simply are not utilities. Investors shouldn't get ahead of themselves here.” - According to the monthly survey held by the central bank of Turkey, the country’s capacity utilization (CU) rate declined slightly to 74.9% in July from 75.3% in June. Meanwhile, seasonally adjusted (SA) CU also declined to 74.3% from 74.7% in June, writes Mehmet Besimoglu at Oyak Yatirim Research. As for manufacturing confidence, the index declined to 109 from 110.7 in May. On SA basis, the index also edged down slightly to 106.4 from 107.2. SA capacity utilisation was broadly stable in 1H14, averaging at 74.7%. This is the same level with the 2013 average. Despite the political turmoil and volatility in financial markets, activity has been relatively resilient. Export recovery & government spending supported production in 1H. Following the elections, public spending relatively decelerated. The turmoil in Iraq also decelerated export recovery from June. Nevertheless, we still expect 3.5% GDP growth in 2014, writes Besimoglu.

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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