Bankia Puts €450M Rental Property Portfolio Up For Sale

27 June 2018 – Expansión

Bankia is going to start a sales process for a portfolio of rental properties with a market value of €450 million, reports Reuters, citing two sources familiar with the operation.

The entity chaired by José Ignacio Goirigolzarri expects the interested groups to present their non-binding offers over the summer, so as to finalise the process with definitive offers from September onwards, indicates one of the sources.

This portfolio of rental properties forms part of the €4.9 billion in assets and loans foreclosed during the crisis that Bankia is trying to eliminate from its balance sheet.

At the end of March, Bankia had a gross exposure of around €16.6 billion on its balance sheet comprising non-performing loans and assets. The bank’s objective is to reduce its non-performing assets by around €9 billion.

Original story: Expansión

Translation: Carmel Drake

The EBA Lobbies For The Creation Of A European Bad Bank

31 January 2017 – El Economista

On Monday, the European Banking Authority (EBA) urged the European Union (EU) authorities to establish an alternative investment fund to acquire delinquent loans from the European financial sector, with the aim of stimulating economic growth in the region.

In a speech in Luxembourg, the President of the EBA, Andrea Ernie, highlighted that tackling the high level of delinquent debt in the EU – which stands at approximately €1 billion – is an “urgent and viable” issue, according to Reuters.

In this sense, Enria indicated that EU banks may sell some of their non-performing loans to an EU “asset management” company.

Enria proposes assigning an agreed “real economic value” to the non-performing loans sold and for the investment fund that buys them to act as a “bad bank”, given that it would have the obligation to dispose of the assets within three years at their real economic value, rather than at market price.

“If that value is not achieved, the bank must bear the impact at the market price and a public recapitalization must be carried out with all the conditions that accompany the process”, said the President of the EBA.

In this regard, the Managing Director of the European Stability Mechanism (MEDE), Klaus Regling, welcomed the EBA’s initiative and added that the proposal does not involve sharing banking risks between member states, which is something that Germany has firmly opposed in recent years.

“It is likely that the public sector will have to play a role”, said Regling at the event, where he also said that the “bad bank” should aim to acquire up to €250,000 million of non-performing loans.

Original story: El Economista

Translation: Carmel Drake