MOSCOW – "The National Depository Center" (Closed Joint Stock Company) (NDC), Russia's only settlement depository servicing the full range of debt and equity securities of Russian issuers, reports the following. On 4 February, 2010 NDC has assigned international ISIN codes to deposit rates of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation (Bank of Russia). Now all fourteen deposit rates of the Bank of Russia can be identified through their unique ISIN codes accessible for any Russian or foreign financial market participant. Assignment of the international ISIN codes to the Bank of Russia's deposit rates is the next step of NDC towards expansion of the list of market instruments meeting international financial markets' standards used for identification of financial instruments.
Acting as the National Numbering Agency for Russia, NDC assigns international ISIN codes to Russian shares, bonds and UITs units. In 2007 NDC began assigning international codes to Russian trading sites' indices. In October 2009 the company began assigning international codes to additional share issues of Russian joint stock companies that circulate separately from the principal share issues during several months. NDC's Database includes approximately 6,500 ISIN codes (and the same number of CFI codes) assigned to the mentioned financial instruments. Out of them around 2,000 ISIN codes (and the same number of CFI codes) have been deleted in connection with securities' redemption and with cancellation of securities in the course of various corporate actions.
More information about international ISIN codes assigned to the Bank of Russia's deposit rates is available in the Database of International Codes Assigned to Russian Financial Instruments placed on NDC's official web site www.isin.ru .
"The National Depository Center" (Closed Joint Stock Company) is the largest settlement depository in Russia, servicing the full range of debt and equity securities of Russian issuers. NDC provides storage of global certificates and depository accounting for 99% of corporate bond issues, sub-federal and municipal bond issues. It services 100% of transactions conducted in the federal bond and the Bank of Russia bond markets, more than 99% of transactions conducted in the corporate and regional bond markets, and more than 99% of stock exchange transactions with equities and OTC trades. The international rating agency Thomas Murray has assigned NDC an АА- rating as a central depository. NDC is Russia's national numbering agency, and the substituting numbering agency for the CIS, authorized to assign the international ISIN and CFI codes.
Among NDC’s shareholders are MICEX (50,1727% of shares), Bank of Russia (42,2997% of shares) as well as GPB (OJSC) (Gazprombank), Evrofinance Mosnarbank, “ROSBANK” (OJSC JSCB), JSC VTB Bank, Bank of Moscow, JSC «ROSSIYSKIY KREDIT BANK», Vnesheconombank, “ING BANK (EURASIA) ZAO”, CB “J.P. Morgan Bank International” (LLC), ZAO UniCredit Bank, Deutsche Bank Ltd, and Sberbank. NDC has stakes in Depository Clearing Company CJSC (37.29%) and in Settlement Depository Company CJSC (28.54%).
For further information about NDC: www.ndc.ru, or NDC Public Affairs Division: +7 495 232 0910,