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08/27/1998 15:03:31 Republic New York has big losses in Russia

NEW YORK, Aug 27 (Reuters) - Republic New York Corp.

<RNB.N> said on Thursday that losses on its Russian investments

would force it to take a charge of $110 million in the third

quarter, substantially wiping out its earnings for the period.

The news was a stark illustration of the impact of the

Russian financial crisis on U.S. companies. Republic New York

is the nation's 21st largest bank.

Republic New York, the parent company of Republic National

Bank of New York, also said it was charging $45 million against

its allowance for credit losses for Russian defaults. It said

it was valuing its position in restructured short-term Russian

Treasury bills at 15 cents on the dollar.

The bank holding company, whose assets total some $60

billion, said it was taking the charges in its "tradition of

quickly recognizing and charging-off impaired credits."

Russia this week moved to restructure bank debt as its

tumbling currency and escalating political crisis sent shivers

through financial markets around the world.

The restructuring involved the swap of around $40 billion

of short-term rouble T-bills and bonds into new paper, as part

of a package of crisis measures aimed at cutting the cost of

servicing state borrowings.

((--John Hanley, New York Newsroom +212 859 1713))

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