The British government has confirmed its remaining shares in Lloyds Banking Group have been sold, eight years after pumping in £20bn to save it. Lloyds Bank said the government will see a return of £21.2bn on its investment.
The £20.3bn spent bailing out Lloyds Banking Group during the financial crash has been re-paid in full, UK chancellor Philip Hammond has said. Nine years after the government bought 43.4% of Lloyds, the taxpayer has now got slightly more - £20.4bn - back.
Lloyds Banking Group has decided to set up a European base in Germany after the UK leaves the EU, according to the BBC. Lloyds has decided to convert its Berlin branch into a European hub, in order to maintain a presence inside the EU, sources told the BBC.
The British government has taken advantage of recent share price strength and sold 721m Lloyds Banking Group shares. The share sale reduces the government’s stake in the lender to just under 8%. In total, the taxpayer owns a cool 5.7bn shares in Lloyds.
The British government said on Monday it plans to sell at least £2 billion ($3.04 billion) worth of shares in Lloyds Banking Group PLC to the general public at a discount next spring as part of a broader move to cash out its stake in the bailed-out lender.
A senior banker from a UK bank has admitted conspiring to defraud over manipulating the Libor lending rate. The banker, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is the first person in the UK to plead guilty to the offence.
Lloyds Banking Group has been fined £218m for serious misconduct over some key interest rates set in London. The group manipulated the London interbank offered rate (Libor) for yen and sterling and tried to rig the rate for yen, sterling and the US dollar, said the US legal order.
Top banks are putting their submissions to the UK Treasury to run a potential £20bn sale of the nationalised part of Lloyds Bank. Banks have until Monday to make their pitch to handle the sell-off of the government's 39% holding in Lloyds, with the sale of RBS, which is 81% owned by the taxpayer, to come later.
Banking group Lloyds announced on Friday its intention to sell its operations in Uruguay to Banque Heritage (Uruguay) SA in an effort to scale back its international presence.