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NEWS TICKER: Friday, February 5th: According to Reuters, Venezuela's central bank has begun negotiations with Deutsche Bank AG to carry out gold swaps to improve the liquidity of its foreign reserves as it faces debt payments of some $9.5bn this year. Around 64% of Venezuela's $15.4bn reserves are held in gold bars, which in this fluid market impedes the central bank's ability to mobilise hard currency for imports or debt service. We called the central bank to confirm the story, but press spokesmen would not comment - The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) says official foreign currency reserves stood at $357bn (equivalent to seven times the currency in circulation or 48% of Hong Kong M3) as at the end of January, down compared with reserve assets of $358.8bn in December. There were no unsettled foreign exchange contracts at month end (end-December: $0.1bn) - BNP Paribas today set out plans to cut investment banking costs by 12% by 2019 to bolster profitability and reassure investors about the quality of its capital buffers. The bank is the latest in a line of leading financial institutions, including Credit Suisse, Barclays and Deutsche Bank which look to be moving away from capital intensive activities. BNP Paribas has been selling non-core assets and cutting back on operations including oil and gas financing for the last few years as it looks to achieve a target of 10% return on equity. Last year the bank announced a €900m write-down on its BNL unit in Italy, which pushed down Q4 net income down 51.7% to €665m - Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE)-listed tech company, Huge Group, will move its listing from the Alternative Exchange (AltX) to the JSE main board on March 1st - Moody's says it has assigned Aaa backed senior unsecured local-currency ratings to a drawdown under export credit provider Oesterreichische Kontrollbank's (OKB) (P)Aaa-rated backed senior unsecured MTN program. The outlook is negative in line with the negative outlook assigned to the Aaa ratings of the Republic of Austria, which guarantees OKB’s liabilities under the Austrian Export Financing Guarantees Act – As the first phase of talks between Greece and its creditors draws to an end, International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde stressed to journalists in Greece that debt relief is as important as the reforms that creditors are demanding, notably of the pension system. "I have always said that the Greek program has to walk on two legs: one is significant reforms and one is debt relief. If the pension [system] cannot be as significantly and substantially reformed as needed, we could need more debt relief on the other side." Greece's pension system must become sustainable irrespective of any debt relief that creditors may decide to provide, Lagarde said, adding that 10% of gross domestic product into financing the pension system, compared to an average of 2.5% in the EU, is not sustainable. She called for "short-term measures that will make it sustainable in the long term,” but did not outline what those measures might be. According to Eurobank in Athens, IMF mission heads reportedly met this morning with the Minister of Labour, Social Insurance and Social Solidarity, Georgios Katrougalos, before the team is scheduled to leave Athens today. According to the local press, it appears that differences exist between the Greek government and official creditors on the planned overhaul of the social security pension system. Provided that things go as planned, the heads are reportedly expected to return by mid-February with a view to completing the review by month end, or at worst early March. In its Winter 2016 Economic Forecast published yesterday, the European Commission revised higher Greece’s GDP growth forecast for 2015 and 2016 to 0.0% and -0.7%, respectively, from -1.4% and 1.-3% previously - Fitch says that The Bank of Italy's (BoI) recent designation of three banks as 'other systemically important institutions' (O-SIIs) has no impact on its ratings of the relevant mortgage covered bond (Obbligazioni Bancarie Garantite or OBG) programmes. Last month, BoI identified UniCredit, Intesa Sanpaolo. and Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena as Italian O-SIIs. Banco Popolare and Mediobanca have not been designated O-SIIs. This status is the equivalent of domestic systemically important bank status under EU legislation. Fitch rates two OBG programmes issued by UC and one issued by BMPS, which incorporates a one-notch Issuer Default Rating (IDR) uplift above the banks' IDRs. The uplift can be assigned if covered bonds are exempt from bail-in, as is the case with OBG programmes under Italy's resolution regime and in this instance takes account of the issuers' importance in the Italian banking sector – Meantime, according to local press reports, Italian hotel group Bauer and special opportunity fund Blue Skye Investment Group report they have completed the rescheduling and refinancing of Bauer’s €110m debt through the issue of new bonds and the sale of non-core assets, such as the farming business Aziende Agricole Bennati, whose sale has already been agreed, the Palladio Hotel & Spa and a luxury residence Villa F in Venice’s Giudecca island – Meantime, Russian coal and steel producer Mechel has also agreed a restructuring of its debt with credits after two intense years of talks. The mining company, is controlled by businessman Igor Zyuzin - Asian markets had a mixed day, coming under pressure. Dollar strengthening worries investors in Asia; from today’s trading it looks like dollar weakening does as well. Actually, that’s not the issue, the dollar has appreciated steadily over the last year as buyers anticipated Fed tightening; but it has hurt US exports and that has contributed to investor nervousness over the past few weeks, which is why everyone is hanging on today’s The nonfarm payrolls report, a bellwether of change – good or bad in the American economic outlook. Back to Asia. The Nikkei 225 ended the day at 16819.15, down 225.40 points, or 1.32%; and as the stock market fell the yen continued to strengthen. The Nikkei has shed 5.85% this week. The dollar-yen pair fell to the 116-handle, at 116.82 in afternoon trade; earlier this week, the pair was trading above 120. It is a hard lesson for the central bank, whose efforts to take the heat out of the yen by introducing negative interest rates has done nothing of the sort. Australia's ASX 200 closed down 4.15 points, or 0.08% after something of a mixed week. The index closed at 4976.20, with the financial sector taking most of the heat today, with the sector down 0.7%. In contrast, energy and materials sectors finished in positive territory, buoyed by gains in commodities. The Hang Seng Index closed at 19288.17, up 105.08 points (or 0.55%) while the Shanghai Composite was down 0.61%. down 17.07 points to 2763.95. The Shenzhen composite dropped 20.36 points (1.15%) to 1750.70, while the Kospi rose marginally by 0.08% to 1917.79. Today is the last day of trading on the Chinese exchanges for a week.

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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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