BOI Announces Sale of UK credit cards portfolioSource: RNS
Bank of Ireland Group plc (the ''Group'')
Sale of UK credit cards portfolio
28 June 2019
As set out at the Investor Day in June 2018, and with a focus on increasing returns in our UK business, the Group undertook a strategic review of the UK credit cards business. Today, the Group announces that it has, through Bank of Ireland (UK) plc, agreed to sell the existing UK credit cards portfolio at par value. This comprises of the Post Office, the AA and the Bank of Ireland's branded consumer credit cards for a consideration of c.£530m to CCP Credit Master Lux S.à r.l. and CSCP III Master Lux S.à r.l. which are special purpose investment vehicles advised by affiliates of Centerbridge Partners Europe LLP and Jaja Finance Limited ("Jaja").
In addition, the Group and Jaja have entered into a separate long-term agreement under which Jaja will become the issuer for the AA and Bank of Ireland's consumer credit cards.
As at 31 December 2018, the UK consumer credit cards portfolio was c.£545m and, in 2018, this business contributed £35m of total income and had operating expenses of £36m. The sale of this portfolio is expected to generate a c.70bps improvement in the UK business RoTE and c.10bps towards the Group's CET1 ratio.
The sale proceeds will be used for general corporate purposes.
For further information please contact:
Bank of Ireland
Andrew Keating, Group Chief Financial Officer +353 (0)766 23 5141
Darach O'Leary, Head of Group Investor Relations +353 (0)766 24 4224
Damien Garvey , Head of Group External Communications and Public Affairs +353 (0)766 24 6716
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