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MTS Launches New Market for Quasi Government Bonds Lists UK’s Network Rail

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London, March 22, 2004 – EuroMTS Limited today announced the introduction of a new market for the trading of Sovereign, Agency, and Supranational bonds of €2 to 5 billion outstanding, expanding the number of such bonds that will benefit from the liquidity afforded by the EuroMTS market.

Trading via the MTS Quasi Government Market will complement trading of these issuers’ EuroBenchmark Bonds, or bonds of €5 billion or more, already occurring through EuroMTS and will buoy liquidity for issues of €2-5 billion. Such issuers include: Depfa, the European Investment Bank, Freddie Mac, Infrastrutture S.p.A. and KfW. In conjunction with the launch of the new MTS Quasi Government Market, Network Rail, a UK-based agency, was listed on MTS for the first time.

"EuroMTS has come to represent the benchmark for European agency and supranational bonds, as well as European sovereigns," said Gianluca Garbi, chief executive officer of EuroMTS. "The new MTS Quasi Government Market allows for a greater number of these types of bonds to prosper from our unparalleled liquidity and transparency and upholds our strategy of enhancing liquidity for the greatest possible number of European securities."

In order to be eligible for inclusion in the new market, bonds must be at least €2 billion, but are not required to meet the €5 billion mandatory for EuroBenchmark Bond status. Bonds in the MTS Quasi Government market will be guaranteed liquidity by at least eight market makers. As such, Network Rail’s recently issued €2.5 billion 3.125% 2009 immediately benefited from support by the following dealers: Barclays, Citigroup, Dresdner Bank, HSBC, Merrill Lynch, Royal Bank of Scotland, UBS, and WestLB.

"Network Rail bonds have already benefited from the expected liquidity inherent to the new MTS Quasi Government market," said Jean-Marc Mercier, Deputy Head of Syndicate at HSBC. "As lead manager and global coordinator on this deal, we are confident that the launch of such a market will bolster liquidity for bonds for this segment of the Eurobond Market."

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