European loan sales to reach €80bn - PwC

By Owen Sanderson
26 Mar 2014

European banks are expected to sell €80bn of non-core loans this year, according to PriceWaterhouseCoopers, which should be another record year. Portfolio trades in 2013 hit around €64bn par value, up from €46bn in 2012 and €36bn in 2011. PwC says loan portfolios of around €30bn par are in process or closing now, with its loan team working on a further €10bn of trades.

The advisory firm estimates European banks are still sitting on €2.4tr of non-core loan assets.

The most popular assets for disposals were commercial real estate and property backed lending, with €18bn par value trading in 2013, followed by unsecured retail lending.

This has been driven by peripheral issuers ...

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