First-Time Credit Card ABS Deal Cooking
Egg, the U.K.-based online bank, will come to market with its first credit card securitization in the next few months. The deal will be at least £200 million in size and will be backed by receivables from the Egg Card, says a senior securitization official. Deutsche Bank has won the mandate for the deal. Details on expected pricing and timing of the deal could not be learned by press time last Thursday. Calls to senior Deutsche Bank officials were not returned.
Egg was created by Prudential, the U.K.-based financial services company, in 1998. The online bank also offers loans, mortgages and insurance among other financial services.
Credit card securitizations are not as common in Europe and the U.K. as they are in the U.S. Year-to-date only a handful of deals have been priced in Europe, the most recent being an E785 million issue from MBNA Bank Europe. That deal's triple-A rated tranche was priced at 16 basis points over three-month EURIBOR. Barclays Bank is also expected to come to market with a $1 billion securitization of its U.K credit card portfolio, say London securitization officials. That deal will be underwritten by Barclays Capital.