Eurobank sells 1,5bn Euro bad loans to hedge fund for just 45 million Euros!

6 October 2017
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Eurobank, Greece’s third largest lender, said on Thursday it will sell a 1,5 billion Euro pool of non-performing loans to Swedish hedge fund Intrum, as part of efforts to reduce its load of sour debt and meet targets agreed with regulators.

Greek banks are burdened by soured loans clogging up their balance sheets and holding back lending. The total of so-called non-performing exposures (NPEs) amounted to 101,8 billion Euros at end-June or 50,6% of their total loans.

Banks have agreed with regulators to reduce their NPE mountain by 38% to 66,7 billion Euros by 2019.

“Eurobank committed to derisk its balance sheet by actively managing and reducing its NPL book. We are happy to conclude this transaction with the largest European credit management services provider,” said Eurobank CEO Fokion Karavias.

Eurobank’s deal with Intrum refers to a pool of non-performing unsecured consumer loans of unpaid principal of 1,5 billion Euros, of which about 620 million remains on its balance sheet.

The sale was agreed at a price of about 3% of the face value of the loans and will be capital neutral, the bank said, meaning proceeds will be around 45 million Euros.

Eurobank expects the transaction to close by the fourth quarter.

Under the deal, the servicing of the portfolio will remain with Financial Planning Services (FPS), a wholly-owned Eurobank unit. Intrum can find alternative servicing in the future.

Eurobank’s non-performing loans (NPL) ratio dipped to 34,6% at the end of the second quarter.

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