Piraeus Financial Holdings S.A. (“Piraeus”) announced to have reached definitive agreements with Intrum AB (publ) and Serengeti Asset Management LP for the sale of 49% and 2% of the mezzanine and junior notes of the Sunrise I NPE portfolio respectively.
The Sunrise I portfolio consists of retail and corporate NPEs. It comprises c.205k loan exposures and a gross book value of €7.2bn, as at 30.09.2020.
The implied valuation for the Transaction, based on the nominal value of the senior notes and the sale price of the mezzanine and junior notes, corresponds to 34.5% of gross book value.
The transaction is part of the wider Sunrise transformation programme Piraeus announced on 16 March 2021 and underlines the rapid progress in Piraeus’ c.€19bn NPE clean-up plan, leading to a single-digit NPE ratio within less than 12 months.
Piraeus Bank has already filed an application for the inclusion of the Sunrise I senior notes in the Hellenic Asset Protection Scheme (the “Hercules” scheme). The application relates to the provision of a guarantee by the Greek State on the senior notes of c.€2.45bn.
The Transaction will be classified as held for sale in Q2.2021. Together with Phoenix and Vega NPE transactions that are also pending completion this quarter, the Piraeus NPE ratio will radically drop to c.23% from the reported 46% of March 2021. Subject to the required approvals, the loans within the Sunrise I securitization perimeter are expected to be derecognized from Piraeus Financial Holdings consolidated statement of financial position within H2.2021.
The expected capital impact of the Transaction stands at c.2.7 percentage points over the December 2020 total capital ratio, taking into account the P&L effect and the RWAs relief of the Transaction.
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