Kazakh Bank Defaulted: Delta Bank Announced Non-payment Of Principal On Bonds

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Kazakhstan-Based Delta Bank (Almaty), whose securities are officially listed on Kazakhstan Stock Exchange (KASE), has informed KASE on a non- payment of principal on its bonds KZP01Y05E178 (KZ2C00001709, NFBNb2), reports KazWorld.info with reference to the official website of Kazakhstan Stock Exchange.

As a reminder, Feb. 2, 2017, S&P Global Ratings has lowered its long-term counterparty credit rating on Kazakhstan-based Delta Bank JSC and its ratings on the bank’s senior unsecured debt issues to ‘CC’ from ‘CCC-‘ on increased probability of bond nonpayment.

According to the bond issue prospectus, the payment of the face value and the last (tenth) coupon interest was to be held in the period from January 18 to 31, 2017.

On February 1, 2017 Delta Bank informed KASE that “the face value of the first issue of bonds issued under the first bond program of the Bank is KZT9,884,710,000. The payment of the tenth being the last coupon interest on bonds was made in full on January 31, 2017 for KZT469,523,725 but no face value was paid. Based on the above, the Bank plans to repay the face value being KZT9,884,710,000 within the next 10 (ten) business days”.

On February 15, 2017, Delta Bank informed KASE of the following:

“We hereby inform you that as of February 14, 2017, the Bank did not repay the face value of the first issue of bonds issued under the first bond program (NIN KZP01Y05E178). The face value amount is KZT9,884,710,000. The Bank is making every possible effort to resolve the situation as soon as possible. Currently, the fundraising negotiations are underway to repay the bond debt and all internal resources of the Bank are involved. The estimated date to repay the face value to the bondholders is March 1, 2017.”

Nurlan Tleubayev was elected to the post of the chairman of the board of directors of Kazakh Delta Bank February 8, 2017.

Nurlan Tleubayev possesses 49 percent of the voting shares of Delta Bank. He was the 22th richest person in Kazakhstan in 2016, according to Forbes.

In 2016 Nurlan Tleubayev has become a shareholder of Kazinvestbank. Kazakh National Bank has deprived KazInvestBank of license to conduct banking and other operations and activities on the securities market since Dec. 27. The license was recalled due to systematic improper performance of contractual obligations on payment and transfer operations.

Previously, some media wrote that the oligarch, shareholder of Kazinvestbank Nurlan Tleubayev attempted suicide.

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