ArmInfo. Converse Bank has started placement of its AMD 1 billion bonds since August 3. As the press service of the Bank told ArmInfo, the minimum purchase package contains 15 bonds worth 1.5 million AMD. Underwriter of Converse Bank's bonds is the company "Capital Investments", which in the secondary market will act as a market-maker of this issue.
According to the source, Placement will be followed by listing of the bonds on NASDAQ OMX Armenia corporate bonds' platform for trading on the secondary market.
The total value of the issue is AMD 1 billion. The face value of one bond is AMD 100.000, the maturity period is 24 months with semi-annual coupon payment frequency. The coupon rate is 10.5% per annum, and the effective rate is 10.78 %.
The minimum number of bonds to be purchased is 15, which is AMD 1.500.000 in monetary terms.
"This is already the second placement this year. The first was made in USD. The Bank, adhering to its policy of offering its customers a wider range of banking products, this time offers AMD bonds, which are attractive in financial market due to growing interest in them", - said Grant Akopian, Financial Director of Converse Bank, adding that the attracted funds would be used for lending to various sectors of economy.
According to the RA Law on "Guaranteeing of Remuneration Of Bank Deposits Of Physical Entities", the funds attracted via nominal coupon bonds issued by the Bank are considered as guaranteed banking deposit, and are guaranteed by the Deposit Guarantee Fund of Armenia. Capital Investments CJSC will be the registrar and the market maker for the issued bonds.
Note that Converse Bank CJSC's shareholders are "Advanced Global Investments" LLC (80,94%), HayPost trust Management B.V. Company (14.06%), the final beneficiary of which is Eduardo Eurnekian, Argentine businessman of Armenian origin, and the Armenian Apostolic Church (5%).
The Bank provides whole range of banking services: lending, deposits, payment cards, Investment and depositary services , remote services, online payments, etc.
To remind, Converse Bank has been operating in the Armenian market since September 1996. As of July 1, 2017, the Bank's shareholders are Advanced Global Investments LLc (head-Eduardo Ernekian) - 80.94%, HayPost Trust Management B.V. - 14.06%, the Cathedral of the Mother See of Etchmiadzin - 5%. As of 01.07.2017, the Bank's assets amount to AMD 217,338,330 thousand, the liabilities - AMD 183,270,439 thousand, and the total capital - AMD 34,067,891 thousand.