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BoI looking at possible UK deals
26 Mar 2015 14:02
Bank of Ireland may consider "bolt-on" acquisitions in the UK as part of a market consolidation, the bank's chief executive Richie Boucher said.
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"We’d always have to look at opportunities," in the UK, Mr Boucher told Bloomberg in an interview today, adding that the bank is not currently in talks.
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"It’s certainly something that wouldn’t be on our strategic agenda today. What we would look at is things that would enhance capability, rather than transformational," he stated in the interview with the financial news service.
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Bank of Ireland resolved to retain its UK unit during the financial crisis, despite shrinking other parts of its balance sheet.
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The UK business turned from a "strategic conundrum" to an "opportunity" over the past years, the Bank of Ireland CEO said.
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It accounted for about 40% of the group’s gross €89.5 billion loan book at the end of last year.
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Spain’s Banco de Sabadell agreed this month to buy TSB Banking Group for about £1.7 billion to push into the £1.2 trillion UK mortgage market.
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