Glenbriegh deal sees €1.3bn NPL disposal

30 Nov 2018

Glenbriegh deal sees €1.3bn NPL disposal

Permanent TSB (PTSB) yesterday announced the completion of its Project Glenbreigh NPL disposal, which will see €1.3bn of par value (€0.91bn book value) non-performing loans transferred into the Glenbreigh SPV, which will issue RMBS notes to as yet unnamed investors.

Analyst: Owen Callan 

PTSB will hold 5% of the notes of the new SPV, and will relinquish all legal title to the loans to Pepper Finance who will serve as the master servicer to the loan portfolio.

Analysis: The Glenbreigh portfolio is made up entirely of residential mortgages relating to 6,272 borrowing relationships, the vast majority of which (98%) are backed by owner occupier home loans. However, approximately 66% of the loans in the portfolio are what have been termed as “split mortgages”, which have already been restructured and typically involve a principal amount that has been warehoused for the long term. This is likely to create some political controversy given the perceived unfairness of transferring already restructured loans to a non-bank investor.

The transferred NPL portfolio has a gross balance sheet value of c.€1.3bn and a net book value of c.€0.91bn (and RWA of €0.91bn).  At completion, PTSB will receive a consideration of c €0.89bn, implying a €20mn loss on disposal vs provisioned book value. The transaction is expected to complete in H119 and, in conjunction with the expected completion of the €2.1bn Project Glas disposal in Q418, will bring the NPL ratio to around 9.5% in our model. The Glenbreigh transaction is expected to add c.30bps to CET1, subject to regulatory approval, with this fairly modest capital accretion due to the high RWA intensity which will apply to 5% of the RMBS which PTSB will maintain.

Action: We see the disposal as a further positive step by the bank in dealing with legacy NPLs and reducing regulatory pressures on the bank to clean up its balance sheet. The transaction is mildly capital accretive (CET1 +30bps), and should also be slightly ROE and NIM accretive, but will generate a c.€20m loss on disposal vs provisioning. We would note there is some not immaterial execution risks on the transaction due to the political backlash it is likely to generate.

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