Completion of KBC Bank Ireland PLC acquisitionSource: RNS
Bank of Ireland Group plc (the "Group")
Completion of the acquisition of KBC Bank Ireland plc ("KBCI") portfolios
3 February 2023
Comment: Myles O'Grady, Bank of Ireland Group CEO
"I welcome KBC Ireland's c.150,000 customers to Bank of Ireland. While the transfer of products will take place over the coming weeks, our relationship with you begins today. Our ambition is to be your trusted partner in all financial decisions, big and small, in the years ahead.
"I'd also like to welcome each of our new colleagues. We are working to make Bank of Ireland one of the best places to work in Ireland, one that values inclusion and diversity and offers opportunities to grow, learn and progress. We look forward to you joining the team.
"This is a very important strategic and commercial acquisition for Bank of Ireland. I'd like to thank colleagues who worked on this deal over the past two years, and acknowledge the professional and constructive approach of KBC throughout the process."
The Group today confirms the completion of the acquisition of a number of portfolios from KBCI, with a projected total value of €7.8 billion of loans and €1.8 billion of deposits. The loan portfolios consist of €7.6 billion of performing mortgages, €0.1 billion of SME and consumer loans and €0.1 billion of non-performing exposures ("NPEs"). The acquisition is being funded from internal resources and it is expected the portfolios will migrate from KBCI to the Group by the end of Q1 2023.
The financial effects remain in line with previous guidance.
As a result of the acquisition completion, the Group is welcoming c.150,000 customers to the Group. A comprehensive communications programme with all new customers is ongoing. Individual customer letters have been issued which set out all the necessary information in respect of each product that is transferring to Bank of Ireland. In addition, a range of supports are in place to assist new customers including a dedicated call centre team, webchat, social media and branch assistance, and a dedicated hub on the Group's website - https://personalbanking.bankofireland.com/kbc/customer-support/.
For further information please contact:
Bank of Ireland
Mark Spain, Group Chief Financial Officer +353 1 2508900 ext 43291
Eamonn Hughes, Chief Sustainability & Investor Relations Officer +353 (0)87 2026325
Darach O'Leary, Head of Group Investor Relations +353 (0)87 9480650
Damien Garvey, Head of Group External Communications and Public Affairs +353 (0)86 8314435
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