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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.

Troika Dialog launches UCITS-compliant funds focused on Russia

Monday, 23 April 2012
Troika Dialog launches UCITS-compliant funds focused on Russia Troika Dialog Asset Management today announces the launch of Luxembourg based UCITS umbrella – Troika Dialog UCITS SICAV with two funds focused on Russia. The funds will offer international investors access to the Russian equity and bond markets. Each fund will be seeded with $50m. Sberbank, Russia’s largest bank, will be the key investor. The funds will be managed by the team of experienced investment professionals and will adhere to the same investment principles and follow the same investment process as the rest of the company’s investment products. http://www.ftseglobalmarkets.com/

Troika Dialog Asset Management today announces the launch of Luxembourg based UCITS umbrella – Troika Dialog UCITS SICAV with two funds focused on Russia. The funds will offer international investors access to the Russian equity and bond markets. Each fund will be seeded with $50m. Sberbank, Russia’s largest bank, will be the key investor. The funds will be managed by the team of experienced investment professionals and will adhere to the same investment principles and follow the same investment process as the rest of the company’s investment products.

The Russian Long Term Capital Appreciation Fund will invest in a diversified portfolio of Russian equities, including blue chips, mid- and small cap stocks. The fund will source  ideas from existing fund strategies, such as the flagship Dobrynia Nikitich fund (launched in 1997) and the small cap Potential fund (launched in 2005). The Russian Fixed Income Fund meanwhile will invest in a portfolio of ruble-denominated sovereign, municipal and corporate bonds with medium to long term duration and high credit quality. The fund will focus on issuers with expected improvement in credit quality and / or rating upgrades and will be similar to Troika’s flagship fixed income Ilya Muromets fund (launched in 1996).

 

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