KBC looks to quit Irish market with planned loan sales to Bank of Ireland

KBC Group has revealed its intention to leave the Republic of Ireland, with plans to sell its performing loans and deposits to Bank of Ireland.

The Belgian group’s departure will reduce the number of retail banks in the country to three.

KBC Bank Ireland said it is “reviewing options to divest” its non-performing loans.

This could mean the non-performing loans will be sold to an overseas distressed debt fund.

KBC Group CEO, Johan Thijs, said: “Over the last decade, KBC Bank Ireland has managed to build a digital first retail bank and launched recently a digital pension insurance business for the Irish market. Given the challenging operational context for European banks and after careful consideration, we have reached an agreement with Bank of Ireland Group regarding the potential sale
to Bank of Ireland Group of substantially all of the performing loan assets and liabilities of KBC Bank Ireland. Next to this MOU, KBC Bank Ireland’s remaining non-performing mortgage loan portfolio is currently being reviewed for potential divestment.”


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