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OR INTO THE UNITED STATES
Guernsey, 18 May 2009 - Volta Finance Limited (the "Company" or
"Volta Finance" or "Volta") has published its April monthly report.
The full report is attached to this release and is available on Volta
Finance Limited's financial website (www.voltafinance.com).
Gross Asset Value
| | At 30.04.09 | At 31.03.09 |
| Gross Asset Value (GAV / Â¤) | 51,628,669 | 51,261,785 |
| GAV per share (Â¤) | 1.71 | 1.70 |
As of the end of April 2009, the Gross Asset Value (the "GAV") of
Volta Finance Limited (the "Company", "Volta Finance" or "Volta") was
Â¤51.6m or Â¤1.71 per share, an increase of Â¤0.01 per share from Â¤1.70
per share at the end of March 2009.
The April mark-to-market variations* of Volta Finance's asset classes
have been: 0.1% for ABS investments, 0.7% for CDO investments and
2.0% for Corporate Credit investments.
In April, the GAV has been relatively stable as declines in prices
have been on average compensated by generation of cash flows.
In April, the economic crisis has continued to spread but at a slower
pace than during the previous months. The rally in most risky
markets was sustained as market participants were on the lookout for
any signs of hope. The 5y European iTraxx index (series 10) as well
as the 5y iTraxx European Crossover Index (serie 10) tightened
respectively from 196 bps to 163 bps and from 1160 bps to 945 bps as
of the end of April 2009. During the same period of time, according
to the CSFB Leverage Loan Index, the average price for US liquid
first lien loans increased for the fourth consecutive month, from
65.36% to 70.28%.**
VOLTA FINANCE PORTFOLIO
As regards the Company's Corporate Credit holdings, the recovery on
Idearc Inc was extremely low and caused the ARIA II tranche held by
Volta to lose its remaining principal, as expected and previously
communicated by Volta Finance. As highlighted in previous monthly
reports, JAZZ III investments have also been affected by this
default. As of the end of April, its remaining principal was
respectively 58.7% of EUR8.6m nominal for the Euro tranche and 54.4%
of USD2m nominal for the USD tranche, almost unchanged from
respectively 59% and 57% six months ago after the default of Lehman
Brothers. The last Corporate Credit holding, ARIA III, is unaffected
by Idearc default.
Meanwhile, the two Jazz III tranches as well as the investment in
ARIA III, which are first loss positions, remain sensitive to any
deterioration of scenarios.
The situation of Volta's positions in residual and mezzanine debt of
CLOs stabilized in April as the pace of defaults tended to moderate
and as prices of Loans, especially the worst rated ones, tended to
increase from very low levels. Consequently, the number of residual
tranches suffering at least a partial diversion of cash flows is
stabilizing. At the time of publishing this report, all the eight
mezzanine debt tranches of CLOs held by Volta, representing 7.9% of
the end of month GAV, are expected to perform, in term of cash flows,
in line with the assumptions at the time of their purchase.
The depressed economic environment and the ongoing wave of downgrade
and defaults are expected to continue having a negative impact on the
expected cash flows of most of the Company's CLO residual holdings
even if the rebound in loan prices has encouraged CLO managers to
clean up some positions. A further significant deterioration of these
parameters could also impact the payments of the mezzanine debt
As regards the Company's ABS investments, no particular event has
affected the six UK non-conforming residual holdings. The cash flows
received and expected from these assets are very limited, as
reflected by their combined fair value of Â¤0.7m as of the end of
April 2009. Promise Mobility, a residual position on a very
diversified portfolio of small and medium German companies,
represented 16.0% of the GAV as of the end of April. In April Volta
invested Â¤0.2m in one European Auto Loans ABS in order to improve the
return on its cash position. This asset had an expected WAL (weighted
average life) of less than 6 months at the time of purchase.
At the end of April, the Company held the equivalent of Â¤26.4m of
cash (Â¤0.88 per share). Most of the cash held by the Company can be
made available for purposes such as investing as well as paying
In April, Volta's assets have generated the equivalent of Â¤2.4m of
cash flows (non-Euro amounts converted into Euro using end-of-month
currency cross rates), bringing the total cash generated for the
current semi-annual period that begun on 1st February 2009 to Â¤5.3m,
compared to Â¤7.4m for the same 3-month period in 2008.
* "Mark-to-market variation" is calculated as the Dietz-performance
of the assets in each bucket, taking into account the MtM of the
assets at month-end, payments received from the assets over the
period, and ignoring changes in cross currency rates Nevertheless,
some residual currency effects could impact the aggregate value of
the portfolio when aggregating each bucket.
** Index data source: Markit, Bloomberg
(Full monthly report in attachment or on www.voltafinance.com)
ABOUT VOLTA FINANCE LIMITED
Volta Finance Limited is incorporated in Guernsey under the Companies
(Guernsey) Laws, 1994 to 1996 (as amended) and listed on Euronext
Amsterdam. Its investment objectives are to preserve capital and to
provide a stable stream of income to its shareholders through
dividends. For this purpose, it pursues a multi-asset investment
strategy targeting various underlying assets. Volta Finance's basic
approach to its underlying assets is through vehicles and
arrangements that provide leveraged exposure. The exposure to those
underlying assets is gained through direct and indirect investment in
five principal asset classes: corporate credits, CDOs, ABS, leveraged
loans, and infrastructure assets.
Volta Finance has appointed AXA Investment Managers Paris, an
investment management company with a division specialised in
structured credit, for the investment management of all its assets.
ABOUT AXA INVESTMENT MANAGERS
AXA Investment Managers (AXA IM) is a multi-expert asset management
company within the AXA Group, a global leader in financial protection
and wealth management. AXA IM is one of the largest European-based
asset managers with Â¤485 billion in assets under management as of the
end of December 2008. AXA IM employs approximately 2,900 people
around the world and operates out of 21 countries.
Mourant Guernsey Limited
+44 (0) 1481 715601
For the Investment Manager
AXA Investment Managers Paris
+33 (0) 1 44 45 84 47
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