The fact that NAMA is now set to leave loans under €20 million with the banks is debunking the justification for its original creation.
Yes, there were bigger loans with bigger problems, and they have been covered on every facet, and that will form the bulk of NAMA’s asset book, but what doesn’t go across will be handled by the banks (who incidentally already manage NAMA loans on behalf of the agency, only the legal ownership goes to the agency).
In Bank of Ireland’s case this will account for €2.1 billion of loans of which €1.6bn is already impaired! That’s a massive 76% impairment rate, of which €800m has been provisioned for – so about half of the expected loss is covered.
That tells us nothing about every other institution though, because BOI is likely to be one of the healthier ones, they neither …