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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.

VTB Capital places TRY300m ($167.6m) bond issue

Thursday, 26 April 2012
VTB Capital places TRY300m ($167.6m) bond issue VTB Capital plc has successfully issued a three-year, TL 300 million ($167.6m) bond in Turkey, with a coupon of 11.28%. Underwritten by Garanti Securities, an agency of Garantibank, with Fokus Holding as advisor, the bonds were sold exclusively to local Turkish qualified investors, making VTB Capital plc the first ever foreign entity to have issued a local currency bond that has been distributed locally in Turkey. http://www.ftseglobalmarkets.com/

VTB Capital plc has successfully issued a three-year, TL 300 million ($167.6m) bond in Turkey, with a coupon of 11.28%. Underwritten by Garanti Securities, an agency of Garantibank, with Fokus Holding as advisor, the bonds were sold exclusively to local Turkish qualified investors, making VTB Capital plc the first ever foreign entity to have issued a local currency bond that has been distributed locally in Turkey.

A landmark deal for both VTB Capital and the Turkish capital markets in general, this transaction also represents a milestone in terms of the tenure offered in the Turkish market, with only one other local non-Sovereign entity having offered a three-year bond previously.

Priced at 11.28%, VTB Capital plc has achieved a favourable pricing level, paying a spread over the three-year Turkish Sovereign on par with the largest domestic Turkish banks.

Atanas Bostandjiev, CEO, UK and International, of VTB Capital plc, the bond, " underlines the strategic importance of Turkey for VTB Group, and will lay the foundations from which VTB Capital will look to grow its business operations in the country.”

Makram Abboud, CEO Middle East & Africa and Co-Head of the International Multi-Product Structured Origination and Distribution group for VTB Capital plc, notes: “I believe that trade and financial flows between Russia and Turkey will significantly increase in the very near future and VTB Capital is well positioned to help facilitate these flows and support our clients.As we continue to grow our international presence aggressively, we are evaluating various financing opportunities in the region, and in particular within Turkey. The proceeds will be utilised accordingly.”

"We were issuing Turkish bonds so naturally we needed to choose a strong local player to act as underwriter. Garanti Securities is one of the leading private banks in the local market." adds Abboud. "The transaction was fully sold down to Turkish investors.The bonds are priced at 11.28% so VTB Capital plc has achieved a favourable pricing level, paying a spread over the three-year Turkish Sovereign on par with the largest domestic Turkish banks."



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