19 October 2017 – Expansión
Liberbank is hoping to complete the sale of its portfolio of foreclosed assets to the fund Bain Capital within the next few days. The two entities are continuing their exclusive negotiations to put the finishing touches to the operation, which is due to be signed before the bank begins its €500 million capital increase.
Financial sources explain that the parties are finalising the terms relating to the perimeter of the portfolio. The CEO of Liberbank, Manuel Menéndez, speaking a few days ago, said that the entity will sell a maximum of €600 million in foreclosed assets to the fund.
These operations with funds tend to require significant discounts. The same sources indicate that the entity will have to recognise losses amounting to more than €100 million as a result of the sale of this portfolio, which means that the discount will exceed 55% if the perimeter is not expanded above €600 million.
Other sources familiar with the deal are not ruling out the possibility that Liberbank will start negotiating with other funds again if the conversations with Bain do not end up proving fruitful.
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Translation: Carmel Drake