Thomas Murray Affirms the Central Securities Depository Rating for the Depository Clearing Company at A+ with 'N/A' Outlook
LONDON - Thomas Murray, the specialist custody rating, risk management and research firm has affirmed The Depository Clearing Company's (DCC) rating as A+, which translates as 'low Overall Risk'. The rating is made up of the following components:
The overall rating of 'A+' reflects the continuing efforts made by DCC during the past year in minimising risk. Thomas Murray has affirmed the ratings for the component risks with no change.
DCC's rating of 'A+' relates to a low risk exposure profile. An outlook of 'N/A - Not Applicable' has been assigned by Thomas Murray. The outlook reflects the future integration of DCC into NSD which is scheduled for July 2012. Consequently, the individual Public CSD rating for DCC will be withdrawn upon integration.
DCC has continued to provide a high level of service and effective operations during a period of uncertainty as its parent, RTS Group, has undergone a merger with its rival Russian exchange group, MICEX. The merger of the groups was announced in February 2011, received approval from the Federal Anti-monopoly Service of the Russian Federation in September 2011, and was concluded to form a single company named Open Joint Stock Company (OJSC) MICEX-RTS in December 2011.
The merger process has, however, inhibited the development of major new services and initiatives within DCC during this time, which have been deferred, abandoned or not been fully adopted by participants.
A list of developments that have been completed last year and the consequent effect on risk ratings is detailed below:
Simon Thomas, CEO and Chief Ratings Officer of Thomas Murray, said, "Thomas Murray has noted the difficult environment DCC has had to work in over the last 12 months, and DCC staff should be applauded for continuing to service their clients in a highly professional manner. We hope that the strong service culture provided by DCC continues into the new integrated central depository, and are hopeful that it will deliver an efficient, low risk solution for the Russian capital market".
Mikhail Laufer, President of The Depository Clearing Company, said, "The Depository Clearing Company has valued working with Thomas Murray over the last few years. The annual rating process has been invaluable in identifying areas for improvement which has helped shape our service development strategy and risk policies."
The CSD 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 130 CSDs globally as part of the Thomas Murray Depository Risk Assessment services. These reports are available via Thomas Murray at www.thomasmurray.com.
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