Hellenic financial institution to acquire carrying out financial loans from RCB


Hellenic Financial institution introduced that it has entered into an arrangement to get a accomplishing mortgage portfolio (the “Transaction”) from RCB Bank Minimal, which was earlier regarded as the Russian Professional Bank (Cyprus).

In accordance to a assertion, the Transaction will involve a performing financial loan portfolio of gross guide worth of around €556 million, related dollars collateral and other credit score balances of approximately €89 million and letters of assure of about €23 million. As component of the Transaction, up to 16 workforce from RCB Financial institution Limited who take care of this portfolio will be transferred to the Lender.

About 75% of the financial loans are Cypriot exposures, even though the remaining 25% are serious estate financial loans in the European Union and the Cyprus. The key sectoral exposures are: 37% real estate and design, 29% resorts, and 19% wholesale and retail trade. About 54% of the Cypriot exposures relates to current customers of the Bank.

The mortgage portfolio is effectively collateralised and contains of accomplishing business enterprise financial loans to 103 borrowers. The debtors involved will be vetted for sanctions compliance and AML clearance, in line with the strict monitoring done by the Lender to regulate all connected challenges and comply with the applicable sanctions imposed on Russia and Belarus. The Financial institution will have the suitable to refuse onboarding borrowers that are unsuccessful to satisfy its benchmarks.

The financial loan portfolio comprises: Tranche A (relating to only Cypriot exposures) of about €292 million and Tranche B of around €264 million. The acquisition of Tranche A is predicted to be concluded by 24 March 2022, whilst the acquisition of Tranche B is anticipated to be concluded by 31 Might 2022, issue to appropriate due diligence, ultimate settlement and all pertinent regulatory approvals.

Centered on September 2021 figures, the Bank’s executing loan portfolio is envisioned to increase by about 11%, although the professional-forma NPE ratio (excluding APS-NPEs) will be minimized to somewhere around 13.4% from 14.5%. The Bank’s hazard weighted assets are envisioned to maximize by about €656 million, ensuing in a pro-forma money adequacy ratio of 2000%, when compared to 22.3% as of September 2021. On completion of acquisition of Tranche A, the Bank’s pro-forma cash adequacy ratio is predicted to be all around 21,%.

Oliver Gatzke, CEO of Hellenic Bank explained: In line with the Bank’s technique of growing its business enterprise in Cyprus, the Transaction increases the Bank’s customer base in enterprise lending, gives cross offering prospects, enhances its operating profits via increased interest money and makes likely for developing its non-curiosity money.

RCB announcement

RCB Lender Ltd announces that it has entered into an agreement with Hellenic Bank General public Firm Ltd for the sale of a executing bank loan portfolio of up to c. €556 million, associated resources on the accounts of the corresponding debtors and connected off-balance sheet obligations.

The financial loan portfolio being sold contains of two tranches – Tranche A of c. €292 million relating to Cypriot exposures and Tranche B of c. €264 million relating to Cypriot, other European and Cyprus exposures. The sale of Tranche A is anticipated to be completed on 24 March 2022, though the sale of Tranche B is predicted to be done by 31 May 2022, issue to all related regulatory approvals.

The personal loan portfolio is perfectly collateralized and contains of generally corporate loans. About 75% of the loans are Cypriot exposures, though the remaining c.25% are commercial authentic estate financial loans in the European Union and the Cyprus. The portfolio contains exposures to Cypriot and other European borrowers in the subsequent most important sectors: inns and lodging, professional true estate, design and enhancement, wholesale and retail trade, producing, foods and beverage, renewable power and schooling.

The sale of the loan portfolio shall bolster even further the money and the liquidity buffers of RCB Bank Ltd and shall create supplemental considerable buffers, therefore allowing for significant absorption capacity of any opportunity external shocks. The full capital adequacy ratio of RCB Financial institution Ltd shall raise from c. 21% to more than 27%. The Bank’s liquidity shall exceed the overall quantity of all liabilities, which permits RCB Lender Ltd both equally assembly its obligations toward all of its clientele in total as effectively as to sustain ample amounts of liquid belongings for its further more functions. RCB Bank is envisioned to obtain a total quantity of about 500 million Euros from the sale.

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Editor’s take note

The working day Russia invaded Ukraine, Russian state-owned VTB Financial institution, which acquired slapped by the U.S. with sanctions the exact same day, transferred its stake in Cyprus’ RCB Bank to the two remaining shareholders, equally of which are firms registered in Cyprus.