MOSCOW – The National Depository Center (NDC), Russia’s only settlement depository servicing the full range of Russian securities, announced today that in October 2007 the market value of securities transferred in inventory operations reached a record RUR7.109 trillion or approximately US$287.8 billion. This is 59% more than the average monthly securities turnover for 2007 and 120% more than the turnover for October 2006 (RUR3.274 trillion).
Some 43% or RUR3.07 trillion of the securities turnover was represented by joint stock companies’ shares, with 22% by federal bonds and 20% by corporate bonds.
Both quantitivately and qualitatively, these figures reflect NDC’s progress in the optimization of settlements with custodians, improvement of NDC-DCC Bridge operation, and acceleration of interaction with registrars.
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, 95% conducted in the corporate and regional bond markets, and 90% of 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. The international rating agency Thomas Murray has assigned NDC an A+ rating as a central depository. For the first nine months of 2007 the value of assets in storage was more than RUR4 trillion, securities turnover was more than RUR40 trillion. NDC is the largest paying agent on behalf of corporate bond issuers. It is Russia's national numerating agency, the substituting numerating agency for the CIS, authorized to assign the international ISIN and CFI indexes. 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 are 46,7% and 39,3% respectively, and in the votes 50,2% and 42,3% respectively). Members include Gazprombank, Evrofinans Mosnarbank, Rosbank, VTB Bank (Vneshtorgbank), Bank of Moscow, Rossiysky Credit Bank, Vneshekonombank, ING Bank Eurasia, JP Morgan Bank International LLC, International Moscow Bank, Deutsche Bank, and Sberbank of Russia. The Partnership also has a stake in Depositary Clearing Company CJSC (36.96 %) and in Settlement Depository Company CJSC (29%).
For further information about NDC: www.ndc.ru, or NDC Public Affaires Department: +7 495 232 0910, .