Emirates NBD (ENBD) and Citi today announced the close of the Middle East's first auto loan securitization.
Emirates NBD Auto Finance Limited is the Middle East's first true-sale securitization of auto loans and the first securitization transaction from Emirates NBD Bank P.J.S.C., the largest bank in the region by assets. The transaction is secured by a revolving portfolio of auto loans granted to private and commercial clients in the UAE.
The transaction, which raised JPY 19 billion, was guaranteed as to principal by the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) and established a number of firsts in the market:
• First true sale auto loan securitization in the Middle East providing Emirates NBD match funding for an important part of its retail portfolio
• First securitization in the Middle East incorporating a 'revolving' structure allowing Emirates NBD to keep the financing in place over a longer term
• First ever securitization globally guaranteed by JBIC marking both a real innovation in structured finance and a significant commitment to promoting the stability of auto financing in the UAE.
The transaction covered a pool of approximately Dhs1bn of auto loans and involved two special purpose vehicles (SPVs): (i) APC, to which the auto loans are transferred by Emirates NBD under a "true sale" on a revolving basis and (ii) Repack, which purchased a portion of the APC notes as collateral and benefits from the JBIC principal guarantee.
This dual SPV structure allowed JBIC to participate as both a guarantor of the Repack notes and partial investor in the unguaranteed APC notes. As the auto loan pool carries a fixed rate and is denominated in AED, and both APC and Repack notes are floating rate and denominated in yen, a complex currency and interest rate swap was entered into between Emirates NBD and APC.
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