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ABN AMRO launches Kazakhstan’s first true-sale mortgage-backed securitisation

23.02.2006

ABN AMRO has closed a USD 150 million mortgage-backed securitisation for BTA Ipoteka, the consumer lending subsidiary of Bank TuranAlem. The transaction is the first true sale* securitisation of mortgage loans that raises international funding backed by consumer assets located in Kazakhstan.

Comprising the sale of residential mortgage loans originated across Kazakhstan by BTA Ipoteka, the transaction is partially enhanced by political risk insurance provided by Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency, a subsidiary of the World Bank.

The loans were sold to First Kazakh Securitization Company B.V., a newly established special purpose vehicle (SPV) located in the Netherlands. The SPV is ultimately funded by an ABN AMRO-sponsored multi-seller conduit (rated A1+ / P1 by S&P and Moody’s, respectively).

BTA Ipoteka, which began operating in 2000, is one of the largest players in the Kazakhstan mortgage lending market (with 20% market share) and aims to develop its mortgage lending business at home and in other CIS countries. This securitisation, which opens a new jurisdiction for investors in asset-backed securities, confirms Bank TuranAlem’s innovative approach to funding.

Kairat Altynbekov, Vice President of Finance of BTA Ipoteka, said:
"Though the transaction represents a new jurisdiction for ABS transactions and a new type of funding for ourselves, the deal was successfully structured due to the significant contribution and professionalism of ABN AMRO, their innovative approach, and thorough understanding of our objectives".

Luis Carvalho, Head European Conduit Securitisation at ABN AMRO, said:
"This is the first time a financial institution has securitized its local mortgage loans portfolio in Kazakhstan, opening an important funding source to support the development of the local real estate and mortgage loans markets in Kazakhstan and the CIS countries".

While the structuring process has been challenging given the product novelty in Kazakhstan, an execution timing of 8 months was achieved mainly thanks to the admirable commitment and professionalism of BTA Ipoteka’s structuring team as well as an invaluable contribution from all other transaction parties.

Media Enquiries:

Mark Bennewith, ABN AMRO +44 20 7678 8270

Notes to Editors:

ABN AMRO
Netherlands-based ABN AMRO is a leading international bank with total assets of EUR 880.8 bln (as at 31 December 2005). It has over 3,000 branches in more than 60 countries and territories, and has a staff of over 96,000 full-time equivalents worldwide. ABN AMRO is listed on Euronext and the New York Stock Exchange.