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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.

New head of prime services in Asia for HSBC

Thursday, 10 May 2012
New head of prime services in Asia for HSBC HSBC today announced the appointment of Melvyn Ford as head of prime services, Asia.Based in Hong Kong, Ford will be responsible for the continued expansion of Prime Servicesoperations in the region. HSBC rolled out prime services into Asia during 2011 to meet the needs of the growing numberof hedge funds establishing themselves in the region. http://www.ftseglobalmarkets.com/

HSBC today announced the appointment of Melvyn Ford as head of prime services, Asia.Based in Hong Kong, Ford will be responsible for the continued expansion of Prime Services
operations in the region. HSBC rolled out prime services into Asia during 2011 to meet the needs of the growing numberof hedge funds establishing themselves in the region.

Ford has more than 17 years in Asia, having joined HSBC in 2010 to lead the relationship management function for Hedge Funds in Asia. Prior to joining HSBC, he built and ran the prime services business at both BoA Merrill Lynch and Deutsche Bank.

Commenting on the appointment Paul Hamill, global head of prime services, said, “Prime services is a key initiative for HSBC, and with the strategic importance of the Asian market, we are keen to ensure we have a high quality team in place. Melvyn is an important part of this and we are delighted that he has taken on the responsibility of ensuring the ongoing success of the business.”

In recent years HSBC has invested in its equity sales and trading capabilities along with its research which it hopes will dovetail into its prime services business.

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