Johannesburg, 18 February 2014 — Global Credit Rating Co. (Pty) Ltd (‘GCR’) has accorded a final, public short term ‘A1+(ZA)(sf)’ rating to the following debentures issued by iNguza Investments (RF) Limited (the ‘Issuer’) on 7 February 2014:
• R144m Senior Secured Floating Rate Notes due 9 May 2014, stock code INGR03 (the ‘INGR03 Notes’).
The INGR03 Notes were issued under a ‘sub-programme’ of the ‘iNguza Investments Note Programme’ referred to as the Renewable Energy Transaction. The INGR03 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 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 INGR03 Notes to the Noteholders. The rating of the INGR03 Notes is derived from the short term credit rating of FirstRand Bank Limited (‘FRB’) in its capacity as the Guarantor on the INGR03 Notes. The INGR03 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 on the INGR03 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 INGR03 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 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. Since 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. For more information on the transaction please read the Renewable Energy Portfolio – INGR03 Transaction New Issuance Report to be published on 18 February 2014.
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APPLICABLE METHODOLOGIES AND RELATED RESEARCH
Global Credit-Linked Note and Repackaging Vehicle Rating Criteria.
Global Master Criteria for Rating Banks and Other Financial Institutions.
FirstRand Bank Limited Rating Report (November 2013).
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