IN BRIEF: Bank of Cyprus sells non-performing loan portfolio to Pimco

Bank of Cyprus Holdings PLC - Nicosia-based lender - Sells portfolio of non-performing loans and ...

Alliance News 15 November, 2021 | 2:29PM
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Bank of Cyprus Holdings PLC - Nicosia-based lender - Sells portfolio of non-performing loans and properties to funds affiliated with Pacific Investment Management Co LLC, better known as Pimco, for EUR385 million in cash gross. The loan portfolio comprises 20,000 loans with a contractual balance of EUR993 million and a gross book value of EUR577 million. The properties have a book value of EUR121 million. The deal will reduce Bank of Cyprus's stock of non-performing exposures by 36% and properties by 9%. It is expected to improve the banks' CET 1 capital ratio by 66 basis point. For the third quarter of 2021 alone, the sale will boost net profit by EUR10 million and the CET 1 ratio by 7 basis points.

"We are reaching the end of a long journey that started in 2014," says Chief Executive Panicos Nicolaou. "Overall, since the peak, we have now reduced the stock of NPEs by EUR14.1 billion or 94% to less than EUR1 billion and the NPE ratio by 54 percentage points, from 63% to less than 9%. We are pleased with the progress achieved on our medium term strategic objectives, and remain fully committed and on track to achieve an NPE ratio of 5%."

NPE ratio is non-performing exposures as a percentage of total credit exposure.

Current stock price: 89.00 pence, down 1.1% on Monday

Year-to-date change: up 35%

By Tom Waite; thomaslwaite@alliancenews.com

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