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Friday 12 April, 2019

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KBC Group: KBC Bank Ireland sells legacy corporate loan portfolio to Bank of Ireland

KBC Group: KBC Bank Ireland sells legacy corporate loan portfolio to Bank of Ireland

Press Release
Outside trading hours - Regulated information*

Brussels, Dublin – 12 April 2019 (8 a.m. CEST - before trading hours)

KBC Bank Ireland sells legacy corporate loan portfolio to Bank of Ireland

Yesterday, KBC Bank Ireland reached agreement to sell its legacy performing corporate loan portfolio of roughly 260 million euros to Bank of Ireland.
The transaction, which is expected to close in the course of 2019, will have a negligible impact on KBC Group’s  P&L and capital ratio. It also further solidifies KBC Bank Ireland’s core business focus on retail and micro SME clients.

Prior to closing of the transaction, KBC Bank Ireland will contact the corporate customers involved to inform them that their loan(s) is/are being transferred, and to confirm that existing legal and regulatory protections continue to remain in place with Bank of Ireland.

Johan Thijs, KBC Group CEO welcomed today’s transaction: “KBC Bank Ireland’s strategic ambition to become KBC Group’s digital frontrunner focussing on retail and micro SME clients has resulted in a gradual building down of the bank’s performing and non-performing corporate loan portfolio in Ireland over the past few years. Last year’s sale of a major part of this portfolio has now been complemented with  the transfer of a large part the remaining corporate portfolio to another strategic player, Bank of Ireland. At the same time, this transaction results in further balance sheet optimization allowing KBC Bank Ireland to reduce future earnings volatility, to clean up legacy  and to fully focus on sustainably and profitably growing its retail and micro SME business.“

For more information, please contact:

-          Kurt De Baenst, General Manager, Investor Relations, KBC Group
Tel + 32 2 429 35 73  - E-mail: [email protected]

-          Viviane Huybrecht, General Manager, Corporate Communication/Spokesperson, KBC Group
Tel + 32 2 429 85 45  - E-mail: [email protected]

  • Mark Leech, Media Relations Manager Bank of Ireland

                        Tel +353(0) 87 905 36 79 – E-mail : [email protected]

  * This news item contains information that is subject to the transparency regulations for listed companies.

KBC Group NV
Havenlaan 2 – 1080 Brussels
Viviane Huybrecht
General Manager
CorporateCommunication /Spokesperson
Tel. +32 2 429 85 45


Press Office
Tel. +32 2 429 65 01 Stef Leunens
Tel. +32 2 429 29 15 Ilse De Muyer
Tel. +32 2 429 32 88 Pieter Kussé
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