Johannesburg, 24 October2013 — Global Credit Rating Co. (Pty) Ltd (‘GCR’) has accorded an indicative, public short term ‘A1+(ZA)(sf)’ rating to the debentures (the “Notes”) to be issued in November 2013 by iNguza Investments (RF) Limited (the “Issuer”) under the Renewable Energy Portfolio Transaction.
The Notes will be issued under the iNguza Investments Note Programme administered by Rand Merchant Bank (‘RMB’) a division of FirstRand Bank Limited. The Notes will reference a series of securities (typically loans to South African Project Companies) and related swaps meeting the eligibility criteria of the Renewable Energy Portfolio. The Issuer and FRB acting through its RMB division 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 Notes to the Noteholders. The indicative rating of the Notes is derived from the short term credit rating of FirstRand Bank Limited (‘FRB’) in its capacity as the Guarantor on the Notes. The 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 both interest and principal on the 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 notes that will be issued under the Transaction to third party investors. 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 indicative rating accorded to the Notes relates to timely payment of interest and principal. The rating excludes an assessment of the ability of the Issuer to pay any (early repayment) penalties. If the rating of FRB changes, the rating of the Notes may also change. RMB performs several supportive functions to the iNguza Investments Note Programme (including being Account Bank, Swap Counterparty and Administrator), the rating of the Notes thus may also change if the rating of RMB is not considered to be of sufficient credit quality anymore and no appropriate remedial action is undertaken when necessary. The rating excludes an assessment of the Issuer to pay any (early repayment) penalties. For more information on the iNguza Programme, please read GCR’s report on this programme issued in September 2009, as well as the Renewable Energy Portfolio Transaction Prefunding Report to be published on 24 October 2013.
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