February 07, 2011

BNY Mellon Asset Servicing Launches New Fair Value Pricing Offering

BlackRock becomes first client to go live with new service

LONDON, February 7, 2011 — BNY Mellon Asset Servicing, the global leader in securities servicing, has announced the launch of its new Fair Value Pricing offering, allowing clients to undertake a revaluation of equity and futures positions in markets that have closed prior to the valuation point of the fund.

Principal benefits include:

  • More accurate asset valuation and hence a more accurate fund NAV
  • Flexibility to tailor application to client specific requirements
  • Pre-defined criteria enable automated generation of adjusted values
  • Process significantly automated with appropriate audit trail and reports.

BlackRock is the first adopter of the new service, which is initially being introduced as a London Noon service, covering North and South America markets. As an example, a valuation adjustment of US equity in a fund valued at 12:00 noon UK time will take into account events after the local market closure that impact the security price up to the valuation point of the fund.

An 'Evaluated Adjustment Factor' for each individual security is generated, which can be applied to the local closing price to adjust it for post-closing market movements.  A 'Confidence Level' is provided for each security as a measure of the probability of a relationship between a given security and the factors in the models.

The service also allows for Fair Value to be invoked at the asset level per fund and can be tailored in line with individual client requirements such as fund specific markets in scope and confidence level. The flexibility of the model also allows for additional valuation points to be added subject to client need.

BNY Mellon will be expanding the service to cover additional markets and valuation points in the coming months.

Tony Stenning, Head of UK Retail at BlackRock, said: "BNY Mellon's new fair value pricing offering has allowed us to replace the existing manual service and offers distinct benefits in terms of timeliness, level of detail and flexibility."

Frank Froud, Head of Europe, Middle East & Africa at BNY Mellon Asset Servicing, said: "Our new service offers an on-demand, tailored approach to fair value pricing that allows our clients to benefit from an increased level of confidence via both pre- and post-NAV reporting and analysis, including back testing. We are very pleased the new service has received this vote of confidence from BlackRock, and we look forward to working with them in the future to further extend the scope of the service."

BNY Mellon is a global financial services company focused on helping clients manage and service their financial assets, operating in 36 countries and serving more than 100 markets. BNY Mellon is a leading provider of financial services for institutions, corporations and high-net-worth individuals, providing superior asset management and wealth management, asset servicing, issuer services, clearing services and treasury services through a worldwide client-focused team. It has $25.0 trillion in assets under custody and administration and $1.17 trillion in assets under management, services $12.0 trillion in outstanding debt and processes global payments averaging $1.6 trillion per day. BNY Mellon is the corporate brand of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation. Additional information is available at www.bnymellon.com.