Euromoney magazine has named VTB Bank’s perpetual Eurobond issue as 'Deal of the Year' in Central and Eastern Europe and the CIS.
"This year’s winners had to show something extra in terms of innovation, timing or execution. In the first of these categories, no deal scored higher than VTB Bank’s capital-raising exercise in July. The first ever tier-1 and the first perpetual deal out of Russia, it was also only the second subordinated debt issue from any emerging markets borrower to include features designed to maintain its capital-compliant status when the country makes the move to a Basel III regulatory regime," Euromoney said.
According to the magazine, the wave of liquidity flowing into emerging market bond funds in 2012 made the task of picking the year’s most notable transactions a very challenging one. With even weaker credits attracting record levels of demand from cash-rich bond buyers, neither bumper books nor wafer-thin spreads were enough in themselves to earn any deal an accolade.
«Perpetual Eurobond is an innovative instrument for the Russian market. This transaction became an unprecedented and one of the most successful deals on the market and now trades really well. We are confident that the instrument will retain all its current capital features under Basel III as implemented by the Central Bank of Russia».
President and Chairman of the Management Board of VTB Bank
Euromoney magazine was created in 1969 to cover the re-emergence of the international cross-border capital markets and is currently one of the world’s most respected media.