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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.

Instinet names Adam Toms CEO of Instinet Europe Limited

Monday, 11 June 2012
Instinet names Adam Toms CEO of Instinet Europe Limited Instinet Incorporated, the provider of electronic trading and agency-only brokerage services, says that  Adam Toms has been appointed CEO of its Instinet Europe Limited subsidiary. Fumiki Kondo, chief executive of Instinet Incorporated, explains that, “Adam brings a deep understanding of the needs of our clients and the challenges they face in today’s rapidly-changing and highly-complex markets. We expect his knowledge, experience and leadership will be invaluable as we work to grow Instinet’s European business.” http://www.ftseglobalmarkets.com/

Instinet Incorporated, the provider of electronic trading and agency-only brokerage services, says that  Adam Toms has been appointed CEO of its Instinet Europe Limited subsidiary. Fumiki Kondo, chief executive of Instinet Incorporated, explains that, “Adam brings a deep understanding of the needs of our clients and the challenges they face in today’s rapidly-changing and highly-complex markets. We expect his knowledge, experience and leadership will be invaluable as we work to grow Instinet’s European business.”

With its agency model, advanced electronic platform and well-deserved reputation for trading excellence, Instinet provides a unique value proposition to the buy side,” said Toms. “I am extremely excited to join its talented group of employees in Europe as we work to build upon Instinet’s considerable legacy.”  The move is something of a surprise as most market watchers had anticipated Instinet to be rolled into parent Nomura’s equity trading franchise, encased in Nomura International; moreover the agency trading model has undergone a testing period of late.  However, Toms is a very high profile trading business leader and will undoubted bring a harder edge to the Instinet business. It will be interesting to see what he does with the Instinet brand.

Toms served as managing director; co-global head of electronic trading at Nomura International, where he successfully led the integration of the Lehman’s trading business into the Japanese major. When he first joined Nomura following its acquisition of the European assets of Lehman Brothers, he headed  up the firm’s European Portfolio and Electronic Sales Trading desk. Prior to that, Toms was an Equity Trader at Barclays Global Investors in London.

Toms will succeed Richard Balarkas, who will leave the firm to pursue other interests. “Over the past four years, Richard has effectively steered Instinet Europe through myriad challenges amidst difficult market conditions. We thank him for his many contributions during that time, and wish him all the best in his future endeavours,” says Kondo.

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