|Bid||31.30 x 0|
|Ask||31.32 x 0|
|Day's range||30.97 - 32.83|
|52-week range||25.67 - 73.66|
|Beta (5Y monthly)||1.10|
|PE ratio (TTM)||13.64|
|Earnings date||31 Jul 2019|
|Forward dividend & yield||N/A (N/A)|
|Ex-dividend date||16 Apr 2020|
|1y target est||75.37|
The Lloyds Banking (LON:LLOY) share price has risen by 4.19% over the past month and it’s currently trading at 31.545. For investors considering whether to buy...
(Bloomberg Opinion) -- The Covid-19 pandemic is even starting to affect the highly specialized world of bank capital.Lloyds Banking Group Plc, a large British lender, has just become the third European bank this year to do what was once unthinkable and decline to redeem an outstanding “CoCo” bond at its first call date. This form of hybrid debt — also known as additional tier 1 (or AT1) regulatory capital — is especially risky because the investor bears the losses if the bank fails, and it usually pays a generous interest rate.Because of their special status, there had always been a tacit understanding — though not a legal obligation — that investors would be able to cash in the bonds at the first redemption date, if they so chose, at least with European CoCos. But that tradition looks to be well and truly over among the stronger banks.Lloyds cited “extraordinary market challenges presented by Covid-19” as the reason to extend its own AT1s. With its dividend payments to equity holders suspended currently at the behest of the U.K. financial regulator, because of the coronavirus crisis, it would have looked rum indeed if the bank had cut its equity capital for the benefit of a small group of bondholders. This select bunch ought to have known the risk.The financial savings for Lloyds are just as relevant. By retaining the 6.375% 750 million-euro ($824 million) CoCo, it will switch to paying a floating coupon just above 5%. If it had redeemed the AT1 and issued a replacement bond, it would have had to offer a higher coupon to reflect the current market, probably one above 7%.Lloyds has a solid Tier 1 capital base of 16.9%, so in normal times it would have been expected to keep its bond investors happy. But regulatory pressure and the increase in yields on risky debt during the current crisis has forced even the better capitalized banks to prioritize their financing costs.Spain’s Banco Santander SA set the precedent last year of a blue-chip lender not redeeming its AT1 debt out of pure economic self-interest. That’s standard practice in the U.S. market, but Santander’s action caused a storm here in Europe. Germany’s Deutsche Bank AG and Aareal Bank AG have also skipped calls this year.This Americanization of the European CoCo market looks like a trend. ABN Amro Bank NV and Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc both have AT1 bonds with calls due this summer, and Barclays Plc is due later in the year. They may follow the Lloyds example and retain cheap AT1 capital raised at lower yields.Banks have benefited hugely from AT1 issues as regulators count it as permanent equity (although it was almost always redeemed), meaning it counts toward capital buffers. And the cost is much lower for the issuer than true perpetual debt. Investors have been happy to play along as the yields far exceed those on bank debt with legally enforceable redemption dates.The Lloyds move is a wake-up call for AT1 investors.While the bigger banks’ CoCo bonds will probably still be popular, even if the call date is no longer guaranteed implicitly, the change might do more damage to weaker lenders. If investors no longer feel confident that their money will automatically be returned at the first redemption date, they’ll demand a higher return for the risk.The CoCo market only reopened tentatively this month with a new Bank of Ireland Group Plc deal. The Irish lender did what Lloyds refused to do and redeemed its existing AT1 and reissued at a higher cost. At least it managed to keep its investors happy and on board.This new separation between large stable banks being able to act according to their own economic advantage, while smaller rivals have to offer chunkier premiums, is a worry for the health of the financial system. It ought to be an urgent matter for consideration by European regulators. Forcing the strong banks to keep capital has consequences for their less illustrious peers. This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editorial board or Bloomberg LP and its owners.Marcus Ashworth is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering European markets. He spent three decades in the banking industry, most recently as chief markets strategist at Haitong Securities in London.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com/opinionSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.
The significant opposition came after influential shareholder advisory group ISS recommended investors block Lloyds' executive pay policy over concerns about a switch to more certain long-term bonuses. Like some other blue chip companies including BT, Lloyds is switching to a restricted share incentive scheme for top bosses.
Best known as Britain's biggest financial crisis failure, some investors and analysts view majority state-owned Royal Bank of Scotland as the lender likely to emerge strongest from the coronavirus downturn. RBS had built the largest capital surplus of any major British bank before the pandemic struck, some 14 billion pounds ($17 billion) above the regulatory minimum, and had hoped to use much of this to buy back the government's 62% stake. Now investors are betting this capital cushion, which will help it absorb loan losses resulting from the economic crunch, will help RBS gain greater market share and potentially restore a dividend ahead of rivals.
Twenty Lloyds Banking Group employees shared facilities with Nike staff at an event in Edinburgh which had an outbreak of COVID-19, Sky News has learned. Lloyds wasn't informed by the Scottish Government of the outbreak among Nike delegates and only learned of it through media reports. Lloyds Banking Group has closed four of its buildings in Edinburgh in recent weeks for deep cleaning following cases of COVID-19.
£32bn has been lent to businesses under the state-backed schemes CBIL, Bounce Back loans, CLBILs, and CCFF. The chancellor had promised £330bn of loans.
Many of the City of London's bankers and traders will be working from their kitchens or bedrooms for at least a year under some scenarios being planned by finance companies in Britain. Banks, insurance companies and asset managers have had to work remotely since the country locked down in March to fight the coronavirus pandemic. The radical shift from trading floors to people's homes has been deemed a big success in coping with record breaking volatility across financial markets.
Standard Life Aberdeen reported estimated total assets of 490 billion pounds at end-April, after outflows of 24 billion pounds linked to the withdrawal of a large mandate by Lloyds Banking Group. Stripping the Lloyds assets out, the British asset manager said it had seen estimated net inflows of 1 billion pounds over the first four months of 2020. As uncertainty related to COVID-19 continues to grip markets, Standard Life Aberdeen said it was making progress towards its cost savings targets but that the "external environment may impact phasing of some of our activities over this year".
British banks' lending to firms hit by the coronavirus under the government's main loan guarantee scheme for small and medium-sized firms has risen to 5.5 billion pounds ($6.8 billion) from 4.1 billion pounds last week, industry data showed on Thursday. Regulators and politicians have criticised banks for the slow pace of lending under the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBIL), which is 80% guaranteed by the taxpayer. UK Finance, the trade body for lenders, said its members had approved 33,812 of the 62,674 completed loan applications they had received as of May 6.
(Bloomberg) -- The U.K.’s banking industry has the financial strength to withstand the coronavirus pandemic, even though the central bank projects credit losses of about 80 billion pounds ($99 billion) in its latest stress test.The Bank of England said lenders could suffer impairments worth 3.5% of their loans to households and businesses by the end of 2021, if the economy deteriorates sharply. However, it emphasized that Britain’s banking system “is in a stronger position due to the regulatory reforms implemented after the 2008 financial crisis,” with enough capital to absorb losses and extra state support introduced during the pandemic to help borrowers and the economy.The BOE and regulators around the world have raced to help banks withstand the financial strains of the virus outbreak by reducing capital requirements, delaying new rules and making it easier for employees to work from home while complying with rules.Under the BOE’s stress test model published Thursday, corporate defaults could account for 19 billion pounds of losses despite a swath of government support programs, while consumer credit losses could spike and a 4 billion-pound hit from mortgage losses would be tempered by the payment holidays introduced in March.Trading desks could face 7 billion pounds of losses under this stress scenario, although the BOE noted that banks’ trading books are much smaller now than they were in the 2008 crisis.British lenders have already begun to brace themselves for the pandemic’s effects, last week setting aside billions of pounds to cover soured loans as the lockdown sends the U.K. economy into steep recession. They also warned of tough times ahead as the pandemic and its aftershocks cripple corporate clients in entire industries.The test included Barclays Plc, HSBC Holdings Plc, Lloyds Banking Group Plc, Nationwide, Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc, Santander UK and Standard Chartered Plc.The central bank offered further relief on Thursday, announcing that it was cutting the capital requirement known as Pillar 2A to a “nominal amount” as volatility was making estimates difficult.(Adds detail on test and background from third paragraph)For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.
A slew of Britain's mid-sized banks on Wednesday reported steady deposits and demand in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, but warned it was too early to assess the long-term damage of the outbreak to their businesses. Virgin Money made a first-half pretax loss after booking a 232 million pound ($289 million) provision for bad loans and likely defaults due to the pandemic, but reported a higher than expected capital buffer of 13% that steadied investor nerves. Smaller rival OneSavings Bank said its net loans and retail deposits held firm in the first quarter, as did its 2.66% net interest margin - a key measure of underlying profitability - despite the tough market conditions.
The increase in loss coverage was based on modelling of 'severe' multi-year downturn in the UK that sees GDP fall by 10% and unemployment peak at 9.7%.
Lloyds Banking Group said it lent more than 1 billion pounds ($1.24 billion) to small businesses on Monday, when a new 100% state-guaranteed loan scheme opened to help the smallest firms weather the economic impact of the coronavirus. "More than 32,000 of our small business customers applied for a bounce back loan on Monday and received the money on Tuesday," Lloyds' managing director for business banking, Gareth Oakley, said.
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The Bank of England said it will allow banks to exclude state-backed small company loans made under Britain's new emergency coronavirus Bounce Back credit scheme from leverage rules, removing a possible disincentive for banks to lend. "The PRA (Prudential Regulation Authority) is offering a modification by consent for banks subject to the UK Leverage Ratio Part of the PRA Rulebook to exclude loans under this scheme from the leverage ratio total exposure measure, if they choose to do so," the BoE said in a statement.
Barclays received 200 applications in the first minute of opening and Lloyds had 5,000 applications by 10am on Monday.