Announcements

GCR reviews the final, public ratings accorded to Global Equity Investments 1-14 Limited.

Johannesburg, 30 November 2017 — Global Credit Ratings (“GCR”) has affirmed the final, public long-term international scale foreign currency credit ratings accorded to the Primary Investment Vehicles (“PIV”) trading as Global Equity Investments 1,11 and 12 Limited (“GEI 1, GEI11, GEI12”) and revised the outlooks from ‘Stable’ to ‘Positive’ and from ‘Negative’ to ‘Stable’ respectively, as detailed below:

Issuer
Underlying Linked Credit
Amount*
Long-term rating

International Foreign Currency
Rating outlook
GEI 1
Investec Bank Plc
ZAR 0
BBB+(sf)
Positive
GEI 11
MTN Mauritius Investments
ZAR 30.0m
BB+(sf)
Stable
GEI 12
Raiffeisen Bank International
ZAR 25.0m
BBB+(sf)
Positive

Concurrently, GCR has also affirmed the final, public long-term international scale foreign currency credit ratings and rating outlooks accorded to the following PIVs:

Issuer
Underlying Linked Credit
Amount*
Long-term rating

International Foreign Currency
Rating outlook
GEI 2
Emirates NBD PJSC
ZAR26,2m
A-(sf)
Stable
GEI 3
HSBC Bank Plc
ZAR46.0m
AA-(sf)
Stable
GEI 4
Goldman Sachs Group Inc
ZAR29.0m
A-(sf)
Stable
GEI 5
UBS AG/Stamford CT
ZAR 105.0m
A+(sf)
Stable
GEI 6
Scottish Widows Ltd
ZAR50.6m
A(sf)
Stable
GEI 7
Fidelity International Ltd
ZAR45.4m
BBB+(sf)
Stable
GEI 8
Sasol Financing International Plc
ZAR38.1m
BBB-(sf)
Negative
GEI 9
Old Mutual Plc
ZAR61.0m
BB+(sf)
Negative
GEI 10
Barclays Bank Plc
ZAR125.9m
A(sf)
Stable
GEI 13
UniCredit SpA
ZAR30.0m
BBB(sf)
Stable
GEI 14
Commerzbank
ZAR30.0m
BBB+(sf)
Stable

* Book value as at 23 November 2017.

GCR receives the Issuer’s investment reports on a weekly basis, and monitors the underlying linked credits’ public ratings on an ongoing basis. In the case of public ratings that are accorded by other recognised credit rating agencies, GCR utilises its ratings mapping approach and its Global Credit-Linked Note and Repackaging Vehicle Criteria to determine the credit ratings accorded to the PIVs.

The final, public credit ratings accorded to the GEI 1-14 PIVs that issue ZAR Denominated Redeemable Ordinary Shares relate to timely payment of any dividends accrued and principal.

RATING RATIONALE

The Issuers issued Rand denominated redeemable shares (the “PIV Shares”) to a specific institutional investor (the “CIS Client”) in South Africa, on a private basis. The proceeds from each tranche of a particular PIV Shares subscribed to will be utilised to subscribe for redeemable equity shares (the “Cell Shares”) issued by a constituent cell of a protected cell company, Global Equity Investments PCC (each a “Cell” and the “Protected Cell Issuer” respectively), incorporated in Mauritius with a Category 1 Global Business License. The Protected Cell Issuer will in turn use the proceeds of the subscription in the Cell Shares to invest in the Impala Bond Programme or a Structured Deposit (the “Cell Investments”) in line with the investor’s risk appetite, with the primary objective of preserving capital while providing consistent superior risk adjusted returns to its investors.

The initial issuance of PIV Shares took place on 29 November 2016, with subsequent issues in line with investor demand (September 2017 saw the establishment of GEI 11-14). Any profits realised by the Cell pursuant to the Cell Investment are to be distributed as dividends to the PIV Shareholders of each Cell. Profits of any Cell will be equal to any revenue received from the Cell Investments, less the agreed fees and statutory taxes payable. The Cell will grant the CIS Client a Put Option whereby the CIS Client can put the PIV Shares to the Cell for its capital value plus any declared but unpaid dividends. As security for this payment obligation, the Cell will grant the CIS Client an English law charge over its cash accounts and/or custody accounts held in the name of the Cell.

The CIS Client ultimately bears the credit risk associated with the assets held in the cash accounts and/or custody accounts, via the Put Option, in the event that the Protected Cell Issuer fails to perform its obligations. Therefore, the credit risk of the PIV Shares is intrinsically linked to the risk associated with the underlying linked credit. The underlying linked credit associated with each of the above listed Issuers, are rated by at least one of the larger international rating agencies, or GCR. GCR applied its ratings mapping approach to determine the intrinsically linked credit risk, and thus the ratings accorded to the ZAR Denominated Redeemable Ordinary Share(s) Issuers as listed above. GCR sourced and received legal opinions for all jurisdictions involved namely, South Africa, England, Mauritius and Singapore, which were in turn reviewed by Norton Rose Fulbright UK. GCR also received a Tax Opinion on the structure which was prepared by Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa and reviewed by Senior Tax Counsel. Furthermore, GCR received updates to these Opinions upon the creation of GEI 11-14 in September 2017. For more information, please read the GEI 1 Limited ZAR Denominated Redeemable Ordinary Share Issue – New Issuance Report, published on 30 November 2016, together with the GEI 11-14 Limited ZAR Denominated Redeemable Ordinary Share Issue – New Issuance Reports published on 15 September 2017 and the GEI 1-14 Limited ZAR Denominated Redeemable Ordinary Share Issue – Surveillance Reports to be published on 30 November 2017.

RATINGS HISTORY

Issuer
Initial rating
Long-term rating

International Foreign Currency
Rating outlook
GEI 1
30 November 2016
BBB+(sf)
Stable
GEI 2
30 November 2016
A-(sf)
Stable
GEI 3
30 November 2016
AA-(sf)
Stable
GEI 4
30 November 2016
A-(sf)
Stable
GEI 5
30 November 2016
A+(sf)
Stable
GEI 6
30 November 2016
A(sf)
Positive
GEI 7
30 November 2016
BBB+(sf)
Stable
GEI 8
30 November 2016
BBB(sf)
Negative
GEI 9
30 November 2016
BBB-(sf)
Negative
GEI 10
30 November 2016
A(sf)
Negative
GEI 11
22 September 2017
BB+(sf)
Negative
GEI 12
22 September 2017
BBB+(sf)
Stable
GEI 13
22 September 2017
BBB(sf)
Stable
GEI 14
22 September 2017
BBB+(sf)
Stable
Issuer
Last rating
Long-term rating

International Foreign Currency
Rating outlook
GEI 1
17 July 2017
BBB+(sf)
Stable
GEI 2
17 July 2017
A-(sf)
Stable
GEI 3
17 July 2017
AA-(sf)
Stable
GEI 4
17 July 2017
A-(sf)
Stable
GEI 5
17 July 2017
A+(sf)
Stable
GEI 6
17 July 2017
A(sf)
Stable
GEI 7
17 July 2017
BBB+(sf)
Stable
GEI 8
17 July 2017
BBB-(sf)
Negative
GEI 9
17 July 2017
BB+(sf)
Negative
GEI 10
17 July 2017
A(sf)
Stable
GEI 11
22 September 2017
BB+(sf)
Negative
GEI 12
22 September 2017
BBB+(sf)
Stable
GEI 13
22 September 2017
BBB(sf)
Stable
GEI 14
22 September 2017
BBB+(sf)
Stable

ANALYTICAL CONTACTS

Primary Analyst Secondary Analyst

Mark Vrdoljak Tinashe Mujuru

Senior Structured Finance Analyst Structured Finance Analyst

+27 11 784 1771 +27 11 784 1771

markvrd@globalratings.net tinashem@globalratings.net

Committee Chairperson

Yohan Assous

Sector Head: Structured Finance Ratings

+27 11 784 1771

yohan@globalratings.net

APPLICABLE METHODOLOGIES AND RELATED RESEARCH

Global Credit Linked Note and Repackaging Vehicle Rating Criteria – May ’17;

Global Master Structured Finance Rating Criteria – Feb ’17.

RATING LIMITATIONS AND DISCLAIMERS

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GLOSSARY OF TERMS/ACRONYMS USED IN THIS DOCUMENT AS PER GCR’S STRUCTURED FINANCE GLOSSARY

Asset An item with economic value that an entity owns or controls.
Bond A long term debt instrument issued by either: a company, institution or the government to raise funds.
Capital The sum of money that is used to generate proceeds.
Credit Risk The probability or likelihood that a borrower or issuer will not meet its debt obligations. Credit Risk can further be separated between current credit risk (immediate) and potential credit risk (deferred).
Downgrade The assignment of a lower credit rating to a corporate, sovereign of debt instrument by a credit rating agency. Opposite of upgrade.
International Scale Rating LC International local currency (International LC) ratings measure the likelihood of repayment in the currency of the jurisdiction in which the issuer is domiciled. Therefore, the rating does not take into account the possibility that it will not be able to convert local currency into foreign currency or make transfers between sovereign jurisdictions.
Issuer The party indebted or the person making repayments for its borrowings.
Legal Opinion An opinion regarding the validity and enforceable of a transaction’s legal documents.
Long-Term Rating A long term rating reflects an issuer’s ability to meet its financial obligations over the following three to five year period, including interest payments and debt redemptions. This encompasses an evaluation of the organisation’s current financial position, as well as how the position may change in the future with regard to meeting longer term financial obligations.
Obligation The title given to the legal relationship that exists between parties to an agreement when they acquire personal rights against each other for entitlement to perform.
Option Either a call or a put option. A call option gives the holder the right to buy assets at an agreed price on or before a particular date. A put option gives the holder the right to sell assets at an agreed price on or before a particular date.
Principal The total amount borrowed or lent, e.g. the face value of a bond, excluding interest.
Private An issuance of securities without market participation, however, with a select few investors. Placed on a private basis and not in the open market.
Proceeds Funds from issuance of debt securities or sale of assets.
Rating Outlook A Rating outlook indicates the potential direction of a rated entity’s rating over the medium term, typically one to two years. An outlook may be defined as: ‘Stable’ (nothing to suggest that the rating will change), ‘Positive’ (the rating symbol may be raised), ‘Negative’ (the rating symbol may be lowered) or ‘Evolving’ (the rating symbol may be raised or lowered).
Repack Rearrangement of securities with the intent to be more attractive for investment. Junior tranches (that have a higher degree of default risk) of a securitisation transactions that have been repackaged into separate debt securities (according to their degree of risk) that utilise credit-enhancement techniques to mitigate the risk. A CDO is created to distribute the prepayment risk amongst different classes of Notes.
Security An asset deposited or pledged as a guarantee of the fulfilment of an undertaking or the repayment of a loan, to be forfeited in case of default.
Senior A security that has a higher repayment priority than junior securities.
Shareholder An individual, entity or financial institution that holds shares or stock in an organisation or company.
Short-Term Rating A short term rating is an opinion of an issuer’s ability to meet all financial obligations over the upcoming 12 month period, including interest payments and debt redemptions.
Structured Finance A method of raising funds in the capital markets. A Structured Finance transaction is established to accomplish certain funding objectives whist reducing risk.
Timely Payment The principal debt, interest, fees and expenses being repaid promptly in accordance with the contractual obligation.
Tranche In a structured finance, a slice or portion of debt securities offered that is structured or grouped to resemble the same degree of risk associated with the underlying asset or with a similar degree of risk. A junior tranche has a higher degree of default risk than a senior tranche.

For a detailed glossary of terms utilised in this announcement please visit the GCR website here

SALIENT FEATURES OF INDICATIVE RATINGS ACCORDED

GCR affirms that a.) no part of the ratings was influenced by any other business activities of the credit rating agency; b.) the ratings were based solely on the merits of the rated entity, security or financial instrument being rated; c.) such ratings were an independent evaluation of the risks and merits of the rated entity, security or financial instrument; and d.) the validity of the ratings is for a maximum of 12 months, or earlier as indicated by the applicable credit rating document.

The Arranger, Tamaka Limited, participated in the rating process via face-to-face meetings, teleconferences and other written correspondence. Furthermore, the quality of information received was considered adequate and has been independently verified where possible.

The ratings above were solicited by the Arranger of the Transaction; GCR has been compensated for the provision of the ratings.

The credit ratings have been disclosed to the Arranger with no contestation of the ratings.

The information received from the Arranger and other reliable third parties to accord the credit ratings included:

  • Daily Investment Reports received on a weekly basis.
  • Final signed Transaction documents.
  • South African counsel legal opinion.
  • Singaporean counsel legal opinion.
  • English counsel legal opinion.
  • Mauritian counsel legal opinion.
  • Updated Tax and Legal opinion opining on the creation of GEI 11-14.
  • Applicable underlying linked credit ratings.

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