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Bank TuranAlem positively demonstrates its abilities in the international capital markets

08.10.2007 / Press-service

On October 05, 2007 AMRO Bank N.V., JPMorgan and Standard Chartered Bank announced completion of securitization (emission) for JSC "Bank TuranAlem" for the amount of $750 млн.

This emission is made by a specialized financial company BTA DPR ("emission") and is a first issue in the international market of borrowings in accordance with Bank’s program on bonds issue secured by Diversified Payment Rights (DPR). Three of four emissions under the program are insured.

This securitization is the largest single transaction for the Kazakh issuer.

ABN AMRO Bank N.V. and Standard Chartered Bank were co-agents to keep the register and together with JPMorgan stood as organizers of this transaction.

Each of the bond issues of 2007-А, 2007-В, 2007-С and 2007-D series is insured by dedicated insurers which guarantee a duly repayment of the principal debt and accrued interest.

SeriesAmountS&P/Moody'sInsurerMaturityMid term
2007-AUS$200 mln.AAA / AaaFGIC20155.6 years
2007-BUS$200 mln.AAA / AaaMBIA20155.6 years
2007-CUS$200 mln.AAA / AaaAmbac20155.6 years
2007-DUS$150 mln.BBB- / Baa3N\A20155.6 years

DPR securitization program is an important supplement to BTA’s efforts to enter into international market of investments which gives the Bank an access to cheaper international funding sources. Transaction structure as well as availability of dedicated insurers were crucial factors for successful transaction completion and let the Bank to place its bonds at the price which is considerably lower than current prices for BTA risk.

This transaction clearly shows BTA’s adherence to its strategy on diversification of funding sources. The Bank has attracted totally new investors and what is more important – showed its ability to continue the program of external attractions despite the current situation in the world markets.

Transaction funds will be used for common corporate aims and will not be sent to financing current outstanding amounts as BTA will not repay the loans in short-term perspective.

BTA succeeded in completion of the transaction given the capital market experienced strong psychological pressure after S&P’s reports on possible review of country’s ratings and bank’s rating outlook. This confirms great confidence of investors in Bank TuranAlem in general.

Actually, GDP growth in the fist half of 2007 amounted to 10,2%, nominal salary growth up to 28%. In January-August 2007 investments into share capital totaled to some 1783,7 bln. KZT.

As at September 01, 2007 according to non-audited consolidated balance, the Bank’s assets grew by 50,91% up to 24 659 mln. USD, loan portfolio by 76,74% - up to 18 695 mln. USD.

With that, Bank’s liabilities grew by 45,62% up to 21 562 mln. USD including customers’ deposits by 48,14% up to 6 161 mln. USD. Bank’s capital grew by 102,09% up to 3 097 mln. USD. Bank’s net income totaled to 373 mln. USD which made an increase by 73,64% versus to the analogous period of the last year. Capital adequacy ratio is К1 – 14.30%, К2 – 15.81%.

For the period beginning with the August crisis in the global markets the Bank took several measures to increase financial discipline: a thorough analysis of existing loan agreements and facilities. The emphasis was made on cashless financing under BTA guarantees with foreign banks. The Bank made a great job with major borrowers.

The bank together with customers refinanced some projects through foreign banks. Swap operations with the National Bank of the Republic of Kazakhstan and short-term in the interbank market.

As the result the volume of past due loans amounted to less than 1% of the loan portfolio volume, share of 10 major borrowers comprised 14,9% of the bank’s portfolio.

The Bank has a good liquidity. Liquid assets totaled to 19.73% of the assets.

Bank successfully repaid a bridge loan for the amount of 600 mln. USD in the middle of September and was able to reach agreement on step-by-step refinancing of the half of this amount with the maturity period up to 10 years. The Bank also made regular interest repayments on early issued Eurobonds with different maturities for the total amount of about 41,6 mln.USD.

Till the end of the year the bank shall repay around 30 mln. USD on its internal liabilities.

Besides, the Bank continues its active work on the projects of its retail portfolio securitization.

Along with that, the Bank actively performs explanatory work with foreign investors, including:

- Organizes regular call conferences with foreign investors and sends out reference information;

- Plans to hold informational road-show for foreign investors in the middle of September (USA, Great Britain and Singapore).

JSC "Bank TuranAlem" (BTA) is one of the largest banks and a leader on establishment of the banking network in the territory of CIS countries.

Bank TuranAlem existing in CIS countries and foreign countries expands its presence in CIS countries; there is a network of banks – BTA’s strategic partners which expand to Ukraine, 4 regions of Russia, Byelorussia, Georgia and Armenia. BTA’s representative offices are operating in Russia, Byelorussia, China, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and United Arab Emirates.

Bank TuranAlem has a large branch network throughout the Republic of Kazakhstan (22 branches and 256 cash settlement units).

JSC "Bank TuranAlem" was recognized as "Bank of the Year in CIS" by the competent financial magazine "Itogi" and "Best Bank in the Central Asia 2007" by international magazine Euromoney. Influential business magazine "The Banker" put BTA in the TOP 300 World banks of this year and awarded third place in the "Highest Movers" rating.