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Lloyds Banking Group PLC
03 September 2019
3 September 2019
LLOYDS BANKING GROUP TO ACQUIRE TESCO BANK'S UK RESIDENTIAL MORTGAGE PORTFOLIO
Lloyds Banking Group plc (the 'Group') announces today that Halifax has entered into an agreement with Tesco Personal Finance plc ('Tesco Bank') to acquire Tesco Bank's prime GBP3.7 billion UK residential mortgage portfolio.(1)
As part of the transaction, we welcome over 23,000 mortgage customers who will be transitioning from Tesco Bank. Halifax has a proven track record in serving and supporting mortgage borrowers across the UK.
The transaction is consistent with Group strategy and value accretive to shareholders.
As previously indicated, the Group's strong free capital build gives us flexibility to consider inorganic growth opportunities in selected target areas where we see value for shareholders. The transaction is in line with this approach and demonstrates the Group's strong commitment to the strategically core prime mortgage market.
The acquired portfolio will generate good returns to the Group in excess of current organic market opportunities, while delivering open mortgage book growth within the Group's low risk strategy and providing additional flexibility in participation choices in the mortgage market. Following this transaction, we now expect the Group's open mortgage book assets at the year end to be ahead of the year end 2018 balance.
The purchase price of c. GBP3.8 billion represents a 2.5 per cent premium on gross book value. (2) It will be funded using existing internal resources with minimal impact on capital (mid to high single digits basis points at year end 2019). Under the ownership of Tesco Bank the portfolio generated customer income of c. GBP81 million and a pre-tax profit of c. GBP9 million in the year to 28 February 2019.
The beneficial ownership of the portfolio is expected to transfer at the end of September 2019, with transfer of legal title anticipated by the end of March 2020. We will work closely together with Tesco Bank to ensure a smooth transition to the Group for all customers.
(1) Halifax is a division of Bank of Scotland plc which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Lloyds Banking Group plc
(2) There will be an adjustment at legal close for in-flight customer loans and further advances made to existing customers during the period until legal title transfer which is likely to be less than GBP30 million
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For further information:
Douglas Radcliffe +44 (0)20 7356 1571
Group Investor Relations Director
Matt Smith +44 (0)20 7356 3522
Head of Corporate Media
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