NDC Total Equity for 1H 2008 18.5% Rises Reaching RUR1.6 Billion

30 July 2008
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MOSCOW - The National Depository Center (NDC), Russia’s only settlement depository servicing the full range of Russian securities, announced today that its revenues for the first half of 2008, based on Russian Accounting Standards (RAS), reached RUR610.995 million. This is 16% more than for 1H 2007 (RUR528.265 million). The company’s net profit reached RUR251.127 million or 21% more than for 1H 2007 (RUR207.951 million).

NDC’s total equity according to RAS rose 18.5% for 1H 2008 to RUR1.607 billion. The company’s net assets, excluding fixed assets depreciation, reached RUR1.568 billion. The value of internal funds calculated on the basis of Russia’s Federal Financial Markets Service’s method reached RUR1.42 billion.

The value of securities held in NDC accounts as of June 30, 2008 rose 3.8% against the comparable period of 2007 and reached RUR4.4 trillion (RUR4.2 trillion as of June 30, 2007). The number of inventory operations conducted for 1H 2008 rose 7.6% to 1,267,116. NDC's securities turnover (the market value of securities transferred in inventory operations) rose 24% against 1H 2007 reaching RUR28.722 trillion (compared with RUR23.155 trillion for the comparable period of 2007). Joint stock company shares in NDC's total securities turnover was 44.6%.

Note:

The value of securities held in NDC accounts is an operational indicator which does not include the market value of other assets held in issuers’ accounts. The value of shares and units of Unit Investment Trusts is based on market value, and the value of bonds is based on nominal value.

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. The international rating agency Thomas Murray has assigned NDC an АА- rating as a central depository which means very low level of risk. For 1H 2008 the value of assets in storage was RUR4.4 trillion. NDC is the largest paying agent on behalf of corporate bond issuers. It is Russia's national numbering agency, and the substituting numbering agency for the CIS, authorized 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 46.67% and 39.35% respectively, and in the votes 50.16% 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 stakes in Depository Clearing Company CJSC (36.96 %), in Settlement Depository Company CJSC (28.54%) and in Bank "National Clearing Centre" CJSC (0.67%).


For further information about NDC: www.ndc.ru, or NDC Public Affairs Department: +7 495 232 0910, .

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