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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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