David Duffy led Clydesdale Bank gets €2.7 bn IPO pricing

Bank led by former AIB CEO has been valued at up to €2.7bn ahead of its February IPO

Former AIB CEO David Duffy is in line for a substantial payday when Clydesdale Bank is spun out from National Australia Bank on February 2nd. (Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times)

Former AIB CEO David Duffy is in line for a substantial payday when Clydesdale Bank is spun out from National Australia Bank on February 2nd. (Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times)

 

National Australia Bank has valued its UK unit, the Clydesdale Bank, at up to A$4.3 billion (€2.7 billion), according to IPO pricing terms. Clydesdale Bank is led by former AIB chief executive David Duffy.

The indicative pricing range was quite wide at 175-235 pence per share or a A$3.2 billion valuation for the unit at the lower end. But Bell Potter analyst TS Lim said NAB may have to settle for even less, given declines in share markets. “What they’ve put out is aspirational,” he said. “It could fall below, mainly because of market dynamics, but we won’t find out until everything has been locked and loaded.”

NAB, which bought the business in 1987, said it planned to quit the 177-year-old British bank in 2014 after facing a consumer backlash over methods used to sell loan insurance. It is planning to sell 25 per cent of the unit in an initial public offering and spin off the rest to its shareholders. The unit’s shares are slated to be listed on the London stock exchange on Feb. 2 after final pricing on the same day.

The Australian lender also said it may choose not to proceed with IPO or proceed with a smaller offering, in which case it would retain some ownership in the bank. Australia’s major banks are feverishly raising cash by issuing shares and selling non-core business units after new rules require them to have a greater amount of cash in reserve as a buffer for their loan books. In October, NAB sold 80 per cent of its life insurance unit to Japan’s Nippon Life Insurance Co for about $1.65 billion. Earlier in 2015, it sold US-based Great Western Bank for A$1.5 billion.

Clydesdale said last week that trading in the three months to December was in line with expectations.

Reuters