The valuation of Parvest Dynamic ABS, BNP Paribas ABS Euribor and BNP Paribas ABS Eonia, partially invested in AAA and AA-rated American sub-prime securities, was temporarily suspended on 7 August 2007 following the sudden evaporation from 6 August of any trading activity on certain sectors of the US market. This was done in compliance with the prevailing regulations in order to protect all investors and ensure that they received equal treatment during these exceptional circumstances.
Since this decision was announced and faced with the difficulty in obtaining market prices on certain sectors, BNP Paribas Investment Partners has developed a pricing mechanism which would allow subscriptions and redemptions to resume, as it promised since the outset.
This mechanism combines several valuation methods, in particular using pertinent market indices when they are available and taking into account illiquidity factors by issuer category.
Given this new mechanism and the prevailing market environment for these financial instruments, BNP Paribas Investment Partners considers that conditions are in place to resume the net asset value (NAV) calculation as well as subscriptions and redemptions for the three funds as follows:
- As of 28 August 2007 at 13.00 (Paris time) for BNP Paribas ABS Euribor and BNP Paribas ABS Eonia
- As of 30 August 2007 at 15.00 (Luxembourg time) for Parvest Dynamic ABS
Based on 7 August net asset values, the drop in the NAV for BNP Paribas ABS Euribor should range between 2% and 3%, for BNP Paribas ABS Eonia between 2.5% and 3.5%, and for Parvest Dynamic ABS between 4% and 5%. These estimates are provided for indicative purposes only and reflect the market conditions prevailing on the date of this press release. They could still fluctuate until the funds reopen.
BNP Paribas Investment Partners would like to emphasise once again that these three funds are on average over 90% invested in securities rated AAA and AA which have not been subject to downgrading or defaults during recent months, and their valuations are currently depressed due to the illiquidity of the market.
The prevailing context presents an opportunity for new investors to benefit from discounted asset prices by subscribing to these funds and for current shareholders to remain invested.BNP Paribas Investment Partners
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