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NAMA redeem E500m in senior bonds

Wednesday, December 04 11:47:12

The National Asset Management Agency (NAMA) today said it has redeemed E500m in Senior Bonds.

These were issued for the original loans acquired from the participating institutions in 2010 and 2011.

This redemption means that NAMA has now met its first major milestone - the redemption of E7.5 billion of Senior Bonds by the end of 2013.

For this loan portfolio, NAMA issued a total of E30.2 billion in Senior Bonds and today's redemption leaves E22.7 billion outstanding. The NAMA Board has set a target of redeeming another E7.5 billion in Senior Bonds by the end of 2016 and its expectation is that all senior debt will be redeemed by 2020.

NAMA also announced the redemption of E200m in Senior Bonds which were issued as consideration for the purchase of the IBRC floating charge from the Central Bank following the appointment of Special Liquidators to IBRC in February 2013. Taking into account the redemption of another E300m of the bonds in October, this brings NAMA's cumulative redemption of these bonds to E500m.

In total, NAMA issued E12.9 billion in Senior Bonds to the Central Bank as consideration for the floating charge and the two redemptions to date mean that the bonds in issue have been reduced to E12.4 billion. The Special Liquidators to IBRC are currently engaged in the sale of various IBRC loan portfolios and the loans which are not sold during this process will be acquired by NAMA over the coming months.

NAMA chairman, Mr. Frank Daly, said: "Three years ago, the Board decided that it would aim to reduce NAMA's debt by 25pc by the end of 2013. We are very pleased that this first crucial milestone has now been met, despite the difficult market conditions that have prevailed in Ireland during the intervening period. The milestone attained today is an important one, not only for NAMA in terms of its own progress, but also because it reinforces the very positive international perception of Ireland as a country that is resolutely addressing its difficulties and meeting its targets."

"The cumulative redemption of E500m in the Senior Bonds issued to the Central Bank (including the redemption of E200m today), also represents good progress in reducing the debt outstanding against the IBRC floating charge that we acquired from the Bank earlier in the year. The outcome of the current sales process undertaken by the Special Liquidators will dictate how much of the IBRC portfolio we ultimately acquire. After we have had an opportunity to assess the collateral supporting the loans that we do acquire, we will be in a position to determine a repayment schedule for the Senior Bonds still outstanding to the Bank at that stage," said Mr Daly.