Saturday, 26 January 2013 17:40
DUBLIN: Ireland's state-run National Asset Management Agency (NAMA) is set to bring 1.1 billion euros ($1.5 billion) of Irish property-backed loans to the market in its biggest domestic block sale to date, an industry source with knowledge of the transaction said on Saturday.
NAMA has hired advisers to find buyers for the loans, the source said, which have been split into two portfolios and will be sold at a discount to their one billion-plus euro par value.
A spokesman for the agency declined to comment on the matter.
The so-called "bad bank", created in 2009 to purge Irish banks of some 74 billion euros of risky loans, has so far generated 10.5 billion euros ($13.9 billion) in cash, two thirds from asset disposals, mostly outside Ireland.
Just over half of the properties on NAMA's books are based in Ireland where residential property prices have halved and commercial values fallen by around two-thirds since the ...