Thomas Murray Upgrades the Central Securities Depository Rating for the National Depository Center at AA- Stable Outlook

LONDON , July 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Thomas Murray has upgraded The National Depository Center's (NDC) rating at AA-, which means very low risk. The outlook is 'Stable'. The rating is made up of the following components: CSD Rating...


The Central Securities Depository rating assesses the risk exposures for investors associated with the processes the CSD has in place to facilitate the safekeeping and the clearing and settlement of securities, where applicable. It assesses six key risks. The methodology considers the capabilities of the depository and the quality and effectiveness of its operational infrastructure. It also assesses the depository's willingness and ability to protect its participants or clients from losses. As part of the rating, the scope and quality of the depository's services is assessed. The ratings are on a consistent global scale, using the familiar AAA to C ratings scale. Once the rating is assigned there is an ongoing surveillance process to monitor the depository.

Separately, Thomas Murray maintains proprietary assessments of over 140 CSDs globally as part of the Thomas Murray Depository Risk Assessment services.

About Thomas Murray

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About NDC

Not-for-Profit Partnership "The National Depository Center" is the largest settlement depository in Russia , servicing the full range of equity securities of Russian issuers. It services 100% of transactions conducted in the federal bond and the Bank of Russia bond markets, more than 95% of transactions conducted in the corporate and regional bond markets, and stock exchange share transactions. NDC provides storage of global certificates and depository accounting for 99% of corporate bond issues, and 95% of sub-federal and municipal bond issues. For 1Q 2008 the value of assets in storage was more than RUR4.2 trillion. NDC is the largest paying agent on behalf of corporate bond issuers. It is Russia's national numbering agency, the substituting numbering agency for the CIS, authorised to assign the international ISIN and CFI codes. It is also a member of the international accounting infrastructure, providing settlements on the global financial markets using direct accounts at Clearstream Banking S.A. and Euroclear Bank. It also holds accounts at the Central Depository of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the NDC of the Republic of Azerbaijan .

Among NDC's founders are MICEX and Bank of Russia (the founders' shares in the property of NDC are 46.7% and 39.3% respectively, and in the votes 50.2% and 42.3% respectively). Members include GPB OJSC (Gazprombank), Evrofinans Mosnarbank, Rosbank, VTB Bank (Vneshtorgbank), Bank of Moscow , Rossiysky Credit Bank, Vneshekonombank, ING Bank Eurasia, JP Morgan Bank International LLC, UniCredit, Deutsche Bank, and Sberbank. The Partnership also has a stake in Depository Clearing Company CJSC (36.96 %) and in Settlement Depository Company CJSC (28.54%).

http://www.ndc.ru

Definitions

Public Rating. This assessment has been compiled from information provided by third parties and the CSD and has been verified by Thomas Murray analysts during an on-site visit to the CSD. The report has been reviewed by the CSD. The ratings that have been assigned to the risks that are reviewed in the report have been determined by Thomas Murray analysts and approved by the Thomas Murray Rating Board. The ratings have been assigned in accordance with the process outlined in the published methodology as developed by Thomas Murray and on the basis of information confirmed by Thomas Murray analysts during a site visit to the CSD.

- Publication Date

The publication date represented here is July 2008 . This is the date that the assessment report has been reviewed by third parties including the CSD. The report is updated on an on-going basis throughout the year as new information is received and should be read in conjunction with the relevant newsflashes issued since the publication date.

RISK EXPOSURE DEFINITIONS

Asset Commitment Risk - The period of time from when control of securities or cash is given up until receipt of countervalue. This risk concerns the time period during which a participant's assets, either cash or stock, are frozen within the CSD and payment system pending final settlement of the underlying transaction(s). Following settlement, the risk period is extended until the transfer of funds and stock becomes irrevocable. It excludes any periods when assets, cash or stock, are committed to a market participant including brokers, banks and custodians, not caused by CSD processing.