Siena, 17 NOVEMBER 2010 – Today, Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena S.p.A. has successfully completed an issue of Residential Mortgage Backed Securities (RMBS) on the Euromarket, the first securisation to be placed since the beginning of the financial crisis over three years ago.

Entirely backed by Montepaschi Group residential mortgage loans, the transaction amounts to over EUR 3,479.5 mln and is split into four tranches of securities with legal maturity in 2070.

Tranches A1 and A2 are targeted at qualified institutional investors and financial intermediaries, whereas class A3 and B have been subscribed for by MPS Capital Services. Structured by MPS Capital Services, the transaction was placed under the supervision of JP Morgan, MPS Capital Services and RBS as Joint Lead Managers and Book Runners.

The deal is particularly relevant inasmuch as it is the first RMBS transaction placed on the market by an Italian bank in over three years and has thereby re-opened Southern Europe’s ABS market.

The transaction has had extensive appeal, with substantial subscription from 39 investors and widespread interest shown by almost all European countries, including Italy (ca. 39%), France (ca. 26%), Netherlands (ca. 11%), USA (ca 7.5%), Switzerland (ca. 6%), Denmark and Norway (ca. 4.5%) and Germany (ca. 2.2%).

Banks made up the largest portion of subscribers (over 36%) followed by Fund Managers (ca. 18 %) and Insurance Companies (2.54%), Pension Funds (ca. 4.5%) and Supranationals (ca. 7.5%).


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