NEW YORK, Dec. 26, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Ideanomics (NASDAQ: IDEX) ("Ideanomics" or the "Company"), a leading global fintech and asset digitization services company is pleased to announce it has entered into an agreement with the National Transportation Capacity Co Ltd (NTS), as a specific financing mandate under the original framework agreement announced by Ideanomics in August 2018. This additional agreement is for the initial tranche of asset-backed financing and comes as a result of NTS finalizing a deal with the city of Tianjin, China's fourth-largest city, to re-finance existing asset-backed financing for electric bus conversion, valued at over 57Billion RMB (approximately $8.25Billion USD). This initial mandate from NTS is the first of several anticipated in the coming months under the 260Billion RMB framework agreement between NTS and Ideanomics.
Under the terms of the deal, Ideanomics will provide advisory services to NTS, including working with established financial services' partners to assist with the underwriting, marketing, and sale of the financing. Ideanomics is finalizing terms with those partner firms and anticipates being able to make partner announcements in the near-term. The Company will derive revenues under the deal based on fees of 1% of financing raised. This amount is net of partner fees but will be subject to certain underwriting and marketing costs.
The market size for the mandatory replacements and upgrades to achieve fully-electric bus operations in China is estimated at 1Trillion RMB (approx. $145B), with the Chinese government requiring the conversion of public transport vehicles to electric power by 2021. NTS is the largest full-service provider for electric bus operators with sales, lease financing, a charging station network, and real-time data services including media, payments, maps, and facial recognition.
The re-financing program Ideanomics has developed is designed to save cities and municipalities 2% or more versus traditional annual interest rates for this type of asset-backed financing. The Company intends to launch a blockchain-based asset registration platform, subject to the city operators' endorsement and systems support, in conjunction with the re-financing program. This registration platform is intended to deliver the highest-level of transparency for the underlying assets provided as the foundation for underwriting the offering and, as a result, elevate asset registration beyond traditional asset monitoring methods.
Alfred Poor, President and COO of Ideanomics, "We are very grateful to our colleagues in China for their hard work and effort since securing the original agreement with NTS, which has resulted in securing the first mandate under that deal. We are now focused on working with our institutional banking partners in the region to secure the required re-financing for the city of Tianjin's electric bus conversion project. We anticipate the offering will come to market in Q1 and extend through Q2 and Q3, until the financing mandate is filled. This deal enables us to demonstrate Ideanomics' core strengths of deal origination and enablement, along with the application of new technologies which we believe will form part of the evolution of the financial services industry."
Ideanomics seeks to become a leading fintech company by combining deal origination and enablement with the application of blockchain and artificial intelligence technologies as part of the next-generation of financial services.
The company is headquartered in New York, NY, and has offices in Hong Kong and Beijing, China. It also has a planned global center for Technology and Innovation in West Hartford, CT, named Fintech Village.
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