SSS is the second newly created broker-dealer launched by CMET and follows the launch of the trading platform of Three Rivers Securities ("TRS") in December, 2003 which was the first of its kind "AAA/Aaa" rated independent repo broker/dealer.
SSS has already commenced operations with a "AAA/Aaa" counterparty rating from both Standard & Poor's and Moody's rating agencies, respectively.
XLFS structured a $160 million financing for SSS with additional structuring support to SSS provided by Allianz Risk Transfer (Bermuda) Limited. Certain operational functions of SSS, including trading operations, reconciliation, accounting and clearing services, will be outsourced to Daiwa Securities America Inc. ("Daiwa").
James Tabacchi, CEO of CMET and CMET Finance Holdings Inc., commented: "SSS is the continuation of the platform started with TRS in December. We are very excited to expand this innovative concept and continue to bring capital efficient structures to market that revolutionize capital markets businesses. We are delighted to have XLFS continue to share our strategic vision and work along with us to this end."
Daniel L. Sussman, CEO of XLFS, said: "Closure of this SSS deal validates the demand for this business structure. In particular, XLFS is pleased to grow our relationship with CMET and to commence one with Daiwa."
SSS will run a $15 billion repurchase ("repo") matched-book of US Government and Agency collateral. The US Government repo market is a $4 trillion market and a key component of the US money markets. The repo market is one of the principal mechanisms through which the Federal Reserve implements monetary policy.
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