Johannesburg, 14 May 2014 — Global Credit Rating Co. (Pty) Ltd (‘GCR’) has accorded a final, public short term ‘A1+(ZA)(sf)’ and a long term ‘AA(ZA)(sf)’ credit rating with a ‘Stable’ outlook to the following debentures issued by iNguza Investments (RF) Limited (the ‘Issuer’) on 8 May 2014 (the ‘Transaction’):
· R150m Senior Secured Fixed Rate Notes due 8 May 2015, stock code INGR04 (the ‘INGR04 Notes’).
The INGR04 Notes were issued under a ‘sub-programme’ of the ‘iNguza Investments Note Programme’ referred to as the Renewable Energy Transaction. The INGR04 Notes reference a portfolio of term loans advanced to South African Renewable Energy Project Companies meeting the eligibility criteria of the Renewable Energy Portfolio (the ‘Underlying Security’). The Issuer and FirstRand Bank Limited (‘FRB’) acting through its Rand Merchant Bank division (‘RMB’) have entered into a guarantee agreement pursuant to which RMB, in its capacity as Guarantor, irrevocably and unconditionally guarantees the proper and timely payment of all amounts due and payable under the INGR04 Notes to the Noteholders. The ratings of the INGR04 Notes look through to the short and long term credit ratings of FRB in its capacity as the Guarantor on the INGR04 Notes. The INGR04 Notes will also benefit from the liquidity that will be provided by RMB through an irrevocable Balancing Note Subscription Agreement. The Balancing Note Subscription Agreement will ensure that the Issuer has sufficient liquidity to pay the principal and interest on the INGR04 Notes in the event that the Issuer has not received enough funds from the Underlying Security on any payment date or if the Issuer is not able to rollover the INGR04 Notes on the maturity date. The Issuer will also benefit from an irrevocable Put Option that will be provided by RMB. The Put Option will allow iNguza Investments to sell any defaulted asset back to FRB.
The ratings accorded to the INGR04 Notes relate to timely payment of interest and principal. The ratings exclude an assessment of the ability of the Issuer to pay any (early repayment) penalties. If the ratings of FRB changes, the ratings of the INGR04 Notes may also change. Since RMB performs several supportive functions to the Transaction, including being the Balancing Note Subscriber, Guarantor, Put Option Provider, Swap Counterparty and Account Bank, the ratings of the INGR04 Notes thus may also change if the ratings of RMB is not considered to be of sufficient credit quality anymore and no appropriate remedial action is undertaken when necessary. For more information on the Transaction please read the Renewable Energy Portfolio – INGR04 Transaction New Issuance Report published on 9 May 2014.
|Short Term Rating||Long Term Rating||Rating Outlook|
|Indicative – 2 Apr ’14||A1+(ZA)(sf)||n.a||n.a|
|Indicative – 5 May ’14||A1+(ZA)(sf)||AA(ZA)(sf)||Stable|
|Final – 9 May ’14||A1+(ZA)(sf)||AA(ZA)(sf)||Stable|
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APPLICABLE METHODOLOGIES AND RELATED RESEARCH
Global Credit-Linked Note and Repackaging Vehicle Rating Criteria – May 2013.
Global Master Criteria for Rating Banks and Other Financial Institutions – April 2014.
FirstRand Bank Limited Rating Report – November 2013.
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GCR has received audited financial statements of the Issuer for the year ended 30 June 2013, executed copies of the Balancing Notes Subscription Agreement, Balancing Notes Applicable Pricing Supplements, FirstRand Bank Limited Put Option Agreement, FirstRand Bank Limited Guarantee Agreement, Guarantee Schedule Number 4 (annexure to the FirstRand Bank Limited guarantee dated 5 November 2013) and Applicable Pricing Supplement of the R150m INGR04 Fixed Rate Notes.
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iNguza Investments (RF) Limited; Renewable Energy Portfolio Transaction – INGR04 Notes Final Ratings Accorded