by Edward C. Kelleher
DTCC, in conjunction with Markit, has launched its Loan/SERV Cash on Transfer service. The DTCC service, coupled with Markit's loan settlement platform, gives the global syndicated loan market its first delivery-versus-payment (DVP) platform for secondary loan trading. The service is a major advance in reducing settlement risk in the loan market.
In the current trading process, there is no assurance that cash settles simultaneously with the change of ownership recorded by agent banks at the time of trade settlement. This leaves the seller on each trade at risk of no longer being the lender of record of the loan asset without ensuring that cash payment has been received.
Cash on Transfer links the buyer, seller, agent bank, trade processing platform and counterparty accounts, allowing for cash and legal ownership of the asset to move simultaneously on the agreed trade settlement date.
ClearPar sends the settlement "An additional important benefit of Cash on Transfer is that it provides for net funding on all trade-related payments, reducing the total amount of cash moved by all counterparties," said Mathew Keshav Lewis, DTCC vice president, Global Loans Product Management. "For example, if a bank is selling 10 loans for $100 million and buying 12 loans for $130 million, the net funding would be $30 million, and the bank would make one single payment of $30 million.
"By paying one netted figure to DTCC, rather than to multiple counterparties, Cash on Transfer simplifies the settlement process, reduces fees involved with multiple payments and boosts a company's overall capital efficiency and cash utilization. Given that large lenders may be settling significant trade volume each day, this streamlines the process and represents substantial savings," Lewis said.
The service went live in August after a four-month pilot that included BNY Mellon, Citi, J.P. Morgan, MJX Asset Management and Sankaty Advisors, LLC.
DTCC developed Cash on Transfer with Markit, a global financial information services and trade processing company. Markit's loan trade processing platforms, Markit Clear and ClearPar, automate loan trade settlement by electronically managing the workflow, legal requirements and ownership transfers that are central to loan transactions.
With ClearPar, the buyer, seller and agent bank agree on a date for the trade to settle using the system’s new Settlement Date Coordination (SDC) tools. Introduced in April, SDC enables parties to easily schedule the settlement date for a loan transaction and helps reduce the time it takes to settle trades.
information to DTCC. On the scheduled settlement date, DTCC authorizes BNY Mellon, the paying agent for Cash on Transfer, to pay the seller. ClearPar then electronically applies the agent’s signature to the assignment agreement, which officially transfers ownership of the loan.
"This is another significant step for the syndicated loan market," said Scott Kostyra, managing director and global product head of Loan Settlements at Markit. "Settlement Date Coordination and Cash on Transfer are transforming the mechanics of the loan market by providing a new, automated process that will speed settlement, reduce risk and help all participants in the loan market operate more efficiently."
"Since we hold and administer significant loan positions on behalf of our clients, we are extremely pleased to take part in the launch of this product, which should increase the efficiency of trading and settlement of this asset class," said Jocelyn Lynch, managing director, Structured Products, at BNY Mellon Corporate Trust.
Cash on Transfer will initially support U.S. dollar trades and will expand over the next year to support cash settlement in 50 currencies. It is a service offering of DTCC Loan/SERV LLC, a subsidiary of DTCC. @