CompaniesMay 10 2013

Lloyds sells loss-making real estate loan book

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ByMichael Trudeau

Lloyds Banking Group has agreed the sale of a loss-making portfolio of UK commercial real estate loans to Promontoria Thames Ltd, which is affiliated to alternative investment group Cerberus Global Investments, for £325m.

Although the portfolio holds approximately £527 in gross assets, it generated losses of £47m in the year to 31 December 2012.

Proceeds of the sale, which is the latest outcome of the group’s drive to reduce its non-core assets, will be used for general corporate purposes.

Lloyds said it does not expect the transaction to have a material impact on its results due to “significant” impairment provisions held against the portfolio.

The deal set for completion in the fourth quarter of 2013.