Johannesburg, 16 October 2018 — Global Credit Ratings (“GCR”) has withdrawn the final, public long-term credit ratings accorded to the following Senior Unsecured Floating Rate Notes issued by Grindrod Bank Limited (the “Issuer” or “GBL”) under the Issuer’s Domestic Medium-Term Note (“DMTN”) Programme, following the full redemption of the Notes:
- ZAR 160m, Senior Floating Rate Notes, maturing 15 October 2018, stock code…………GBL02;
- ZAR 100m, Senior Floating Rate Notes, maturing 15 October 2018, stock code…………GBL02 – Tap
GBL is a subsidiary (96.6%) of Grindrod Limited, an established freight and financial services group listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (“JSE”). GBL issued the R160m Senior Unsecured Floating Rate Notes in October 2015, followed by the tap issue of an additional R100m in June 2017, under its R1bn DMTN Programme. The Issuer redeemed an aggregate of R260,000,000 of the GBL02 Notes at the Maturity Date on 15 October 2018. Following the capital redemption, the GBL02 Notes were paid in full. Accordingly, GCR has withdrawn the ratings accorded to the GBL02 and GBL02 – Tap Notes listed above.
The final, public credit ratings accorded to the GBL02 and GBL02 – Tap Notes related to ultimate payment of interest and principal (as opposed to timely, akin to an expected loss rating, which is a function of probability of default and loss severity).
|Tinashe Mujuru||Gary Nyoni|
|Senior Structured Finance Analyst||Junior Structured Finance Analyst|
|+27 11 784 1771||+27 11 784 1771|
|Sector Head: Structured Finance Ratings|
|+27 11 784 1771|
APPLICABLE METHODOLOGIES AND RELATED RESEARCH
- Global Structurally Enhanced Corporate Bonds Rating Criteria (Sep’17);
- Global Criteria for Rating Banks and Other Financial Institutions (Mar’17);
- South Africa Bank Statistical Bulletin (Dec’17);
- Grindrod Bank Limited Financial Institutions Rating Report (Apr’18);
- Grindrod Bank Limited Rating Announcement (Apr’18); and
- Grindrod Bank Limited’s Guaranteed Notes – Tap Issuance (Jun’17).
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The Servicer participated in the rating process via face-to-face meetings and other written correspondence.
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- Proof of payment on Issuer’s bank statement.