Nama redeems further €1.1bn of senior bonds

Agency has paid back 95 per cent of debt owed to banks for loans bought during crisis

Nama’s redemption of a further €1.1 billion of senior bonds brings to €28.7 billion the amount of senior debt the agency has redeemed.

Nama’s redemption of a further €1.1 billion of senior bonds brings to €28.7 billion the amount of senior debt the agency has redeemed.

 

The National Asset Mangement Agency redeemed a further €1.1 billion of senior bonds from banks that sold commerical real-estate loans to the so-called bad bank during the financial crisis.

This bring to €28.7 billion the amount of senior debt redeemed to date, representing 95 per cent of the €30.2 billion of such bonds issued in 2010 and 2011 to acquire the loans.

“The agency remains firmly on course, subject to market conditions, to meet its ultimate target of redeeming all of its senior debt by end-2017,” Nama said in a statement.

The agency, which at one stage during the financial crisis expected it would generate only enough money to pay back its senior bonds, has upgraded its forecast a number of times in recent years. It now believes it will have a lifetime surplus of €2.3 billion, even after redeeming €1.6 billion of subordinated debt issued to the banks as part payment for their risky loans.