Nama to ‘resolve’ remaining ghost estates by end of 2017

Agency also plans to pay off all of its senior debt this year

Nama has 25 ghost estates remaining in its portfolio. Photograph: Eric Luke

Nama has 25 ghost estates remaining in its portfolio. Photograph: Eric Luke

 

Nama expects to “resolve” the remaining 25 ghost housing estates in its portfolio by the close of this year.

In a year-end review published Thursday, the State agency said it had 332 unfinished housing estates on its books in 2010. This figure had fallen to 25 by the end of last year and it is “expected that these will be resolved during 2017”.

No details on how this might be achieved were provided.

Nama also said it will pay off its remaining €2.6 billion in senior debt by the end of this year, subject to market conditions. It had originally set a date of 2020 to pay off its €30.2 billion senior debt in full but strong cash generation has left it in a position to repay all of this money by the end of this year.

This is significant for the Government as the senior debt is a contingent liability for the State and the exchequer would have to pick up the tab in the event of a shortfall.

Some €1.6 billion in subordinated debt will be repaid by 2020.

The State agency, which was set up in 2009 to deal with toxic property loans held by the domestic banks, currently has €2.2 billion in cash on its books, according to an end of year review published on Thursday. Some €5.4 billion was generated in cash in 2016.

Social Housing

Nama said it generated “substantial profits” last year, but did not publish a precise figure. Industry commentators have estimated a profit of about €1.5 billion for last year.

The agency restated its view that it would generate a surplus of €2.3 billion for the State by the time of its planned wind-up in 2020.

In terms of social housing, Nama said it had completed 1,909 units for local authorities with another 469 contracted for delivery. To date, 2,748 out of 6,941 potential social housing units offered by Nama have been confirmed as suitable by local authorities and the Housing Agency.

Nama also plans to deliver 20,000 residential housing units by the end of 2020, mostly in Dublin. The agency said some 4,700 units had been completed by the end of 2016 by Nama debtors and receivers, while construction has begun on another 2,148 units.

In addition, 7,300 homes had received planning permission while applications had been lodged or would be lodged within 12 months for 11,000 units.