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IFC Enhances First Russian Residential Mortgage Backed Securitization

IFC Moscow
Nezhdana Bukova
Phone : + 495 411 7555

July 21, 2006, Moscow, Russia – IFC provided two types of credit enhancement to support Russia’s first securitization of residential mortgage loans, which was successfully completed today by Vneshtorgbank, Russia’s second largest bank.  Placed by co-lead managers Barclays Capital and HSBC, the transaction involved the cross-border sale of U.S. dollar-denominated fixed rate residential mortgage loans to a Luxembourg-based SPV that funded its purchase through the issuance of three classes of notes.  

IFC provided credit enhancement to the senior Class A note holders through its purchase of the subordinated Class B notes and through its provision of a guarantee of an offshore liquidity facility (GOLF).  The GOLF facility insures that liquidity will be available to cover 18 months of interest (on the Class A and B notes) and SPV expenses in the event the Russian government imposed currency transfer and/or convertibility restrictions.

IFC’s GOLF credit enhancement allowed the senior Class A securities to receive a credit rating (A1/BBB+ from Moody’s/Fitch) one notch higher than that of Vneshtorgbank and the agencies’ respective country ceiling.    

As the first mortgage-backed securitization from the Russian Federation, the transaction will offer a potentially useful guide for other originators of mortgage assets in Russia and, in addition, provide additional impetus to improve the legal framework for domestic asset-backed securitizations in Russia.

Andrey Suchkov, Senior Vice President at VTB said: "The main purpose of issuing mortgage backed securities is to raise long term financing from the capital markets for providing mortgages to Russian consumers.  Development of the market for mortgage backed securities will make mortgages more accessible and affordable to Russian home-buyers.  Therefore a successful mortgage securitization of Vneshtorgbank's mortgage pool is an important step in the direction of further development of the Russian housing market".

Edward Nassim, IFC’s regional vice president for Africa, Europe and the Middle East, said, “Housing finance is the core element of IFC's financial markets strategy in Central and Eastern Europe, especially in Russia, where housing is one of the national priorities.  Therefore, we are very pleased to support this first Russian mortgage backed securities issue as an important step in development of the secondary mortgage market in this country.”

Jyrki Koskelo, IFC’s director of Global Financial Markets Department added, “Russian housing finance market is still in a nascent stage with mortgage debt outstanding representing less than 1 percent of GDP.  Therefore, there is a significant need for development of a viable and market-based funding mechanism by Russian mortgage originators to support the further growth of housing finance and facilitate improvement of living standards.  The first successful placement of residential mortgage backed securities by a Russian bank is expected to have a high development impact and will benefit Russian home-buyers by improving access to housing finance.”

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