Corporate Bonds are unsecured long-term debt instruments backed by the creditworthiness of a financial institution. ECHMB’s creditworthiness is assessed by the Caribbean Information & Credit Rating Services (CariCRIS) annually. The ECHMB is the only corporate entity in the ECCU with an investment grade credit rating (A-).
ECHMB’s Corporate Bonds are issued by private prospectus with Eastern Caribbean Securities Exchange (‘ECSE’) acting as the Bank’s registrar, transfer and paying agent. Interest is usually payable semiannually.
Benefits to Investor:
Competitive Interest Rate
Investment Grade Credit Quality
No Acquisition Costs
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To be an approved primary lender eligible to carry out mortgage business with ECHMB, lending institutions such as Commercial Banks, Development Banks, Insurance Companies, or Credit Unions, must conform with the underwriting standards and eligibility criteria as follows:
Capitalisation – The primary lender must be adequately capitalised. Capital adequacy shall be determined both in terms of an absolute amount of $3 million and a Capital to Asset Ratio of not less than 8% or leverage of 12.5 to 1.
The primary lender must be subject to regulations by an approved regulatory body.
Lenders require operational expertise and experience in loan underwriting and administration. The primary lender must have at least three years satisfactory experience.
The primary lender shall undertake a commitment to improve and maintain mortgage-underwriting standards via training.
The primary lender must agree to be submitted to periodic audits and reviews of its mortgage underwriting process.
The primary lender must maintain proper mortgage security documentation and also maintain a minimum delinquency ratio within its mortgage portfolio.