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November 22, 2013 - London



Guernsey, 22 November 2013 - Volta Finance Limited (the "Company" or "Volta Finance" or "Volta") has published its Interim Management Statement. The full report is attached to this release and is available on Volta Finance Limited's financial website (

Dear Shareholders and Investors,

During the quarter, from the end of July 2013 to the end of October 2013, the Gross Asset Value (the "GAV") of Volta Finance Limited (the "Company" or "Volta Finance" or "Volta") went from €247.1m or €7.0 per share, to €262.2m or €7.36 per share.

It reflects a positive 5.1% quarterly performance in the per share value.

Year to date 2013 performance is +20.4% as of the end of October.

During the quarterly period, the Company purchased (or settled the purchase of) 4 assets for a total of €14.6m: three debt tranches of CLO and one equity tranche of CLO. The company sold 8 assets for a total of €23.9m: 7 debt tranches of CLO and one senior tranche of Synthetic Corporate Credit. On average assets were purchased at an expected rate of return close to 9% (under reasonable historical hypothesis).

During the quarter, cash flows generated by the Company's assets, excluding asset sales and principal payments from assets, amounted to €9.5m (non euro amounts being translated in euro using the end of month currency rate). This amount could be compared to €9.7m for the most recent comparable 3-month period (from the end of January 2013 to the end of April 2013). The cash generated by the assets, during the quarter under review, is rather significant, being close to an annual rate of 15.5% of Volta's asset valuation, excluding cash, at the beginning of the period (€243.8m).

The cash position in the Company's accounts went from €4.1m at the end of July 2013 to €35.1m at the end of October 2013. Considering the pace at which cash flows are generated and the necessity to finance the next dividend payment, Volta could be considered as being able to invest €25m at the time of writing this statement.

The increase in the GAV during the quarter is due to decreases in discount margins attached to structured credit products as well as to the high level of cash flows generated by Volta's assets.


From the end of July 2013 to the end of October 2013, the 5y European iTraxx index (series 19) and the 5y iTraxx European Crossover index (series 19) tightened significantly, from respectively 100 and 404 bps to respectively 75 and 293 bps. During the same period, credit spreads in the US also tightened, as illustrated by the 5y CDX main index (series 20) that reduced from 75 to 65 bps at the end of October 2013. According to the CSFB Leverage Loan Index, the average price for USA liquid first lien loans was almost unchanged from 98.24% at the end of July 2013 to 98.22% at the end of October 2013. The increase in price was important in Europe: the price of the S&P European Leveraged Loan Index went from 92.50% to 94.66% at the end of October 2013.*


Synthetic Corporate Credit

During the quarter, no material event affected the Synthetic Corporate Credit holdings. However, the first loss positions in this bucket (ARIA III and the residual positions in JAZZ III) remain highly sensitive to any new credit event, especially to debt of financial institutions considering the significant exposures to banks held through these positions.

CLO Equity and Debt tranches

During the quarter, on average, defaults and rating changes in the underlying loan portfolios continued to occur, albeit at a slower pace than in the most recent quarters which remained low compared to historical average for USD deals but at a pace that continued to be above historical average rates for European deals. This situation had no material consequences for Volta over the quarter.

Cash Corporate Credit

During the quarter, no material event affected the Cash Corporate Credit holdings.


During the quarter, no material event affected the ABS holdings. One position, Newgate Funding, was priced up following improvement of the cash flow outlook when forming valuation assumptions. No material event affected the other positions in this bucket during the quarter.

The Company considers that opportunities could arise in several structured credit sectors in the current market environment. Amongst others, mezzanine or Equity tranches of CLOs, European or US ABS as well as tranches of Cash or Synthetic Corporate Credit portfolios could be considered for investment. Potential investments could be done depending on the pace at which market opportunities could be seized and cash is available.

Depending on market opportunities, the Company may aim to take advantage of the current compression on discount margins to sell some assets in order to reinvest the sale proceeds on assets that the Investment Manager consider being, at the time of purchase, better opportunities.

Unless stated otherwise, the figures in this Interim Management Statement are as at the end of October 2013 as valuations are available only on a monthly basis with some delays. Between the end of October 2013 and 22 November 2013, the date of publication of this Interim Management Statement, the Company is not aware of any significant event, materially affecting the Company's financial position or the Company's controlled undertaking. The Company purchased one Debt of CLO for €3m.

* Index data source: Markit, Bloomberg

(Full Interim Management Statement attachment on



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. The assets that the Company may invest in either directly or indirectly include, but are not limited to: corporate credits; sovereign and quasi-sovereign debt; residential mortgage loans; automobile loans. Volta Finance Limited's basic approach to its underlying assets is through vehicles and arrangements that provide leveraged exposure to some of those underlying assets.

Volta Finance Limited 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.


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 €553 billion in assets under management as of the end of December 2012. AXA IM employs approximately 2,450 people around the world and operates out of 21 countries.


Company Secretary

Sanne Group (Guernsey) Limited

+44 (0) 1481 711822

Portfolio Administrator

Deutsche Bank

For the Investment Manager

AXA Investment Managers Paris

Serge Demay

+33 (0) 1 44 45 84 47


This press release is for information only and does not constitute an invitation or inducement to acquire shares in Volta Finance. Its circulation may be prohibited in certain jurisdictions and no recipient may circulate copies of this document in breach of such limitations or restrictions.

This document is not an offer for sale of the securities referred to herein in the United States or to persons who are "U.S. persons" for purposes of Regulation S under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"), or otherwise in circumstances where such offer would be restricted by applicable law.Such securities may not be sold in the United States absent registration or an exemption from registration from the Securities Act.The company does not intend to register any portion of the offer of such securities in the United States or to conduct a public offering of such securities in the United States.


This communication is only being distributed to and is only directed at (i) persons who are outside the United Kingdom or (ii) investment professionals falling within Article 19(5) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2005 (the "Order") or (iii) high net worth companies, and other persons to whom it may lawfully be communicated, falling within Article 49(2)(a) to (d) of the Order (all such persons together being referred to as "relevant persons").The securities referred to herein are only available to, and any invitation, offer or agreement to subscribe, purchase or otherwise acquire such securities will be engaged in only with, relevant persons.Any person who is not a relevant person should not act or rely on this document or any of its contents.

Past performance cannot be relied on as a guide to future performance.


This press release contains statements that are, or may deemed to be, "forward-looking statements". These forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology, including the terms "believes", "anticipated", "expects", "intends", "is/are expected", "may", "will" or "should". They include the statements regarding the level of the dividend, the current market context and its impact on the long-term return of Volta's investments. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties and readers are cautioned that any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance. Volta Finance's actual results, portfolio composition and performance may differ materially from the impression created by the forward-looking statements. Volta Finance does not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise forward-looking statements.

Any target information is based on certain assumptions as to future events which may not prove to be realised. Due to the uncertainty surrounding these future events, the targets are not intended to be and should not be regarded as profits or earnings or any other type of forecasts. There can be no assurance that any of these targets will be achieved. In addition, no assurance can be given that the investment objective will be achieved.


Interim Management Statement Nov 2013

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