Lloyds Bank prices TSB stock market listing below book valueMonday 09 June 2014 18.31
Lloyds Banking Group said today it would sell a quarter of its shares in TSB, through a listing on the London stock market priced at below the business's book value.
Lloyds, which must sell the business as a condition of its UK government bailout during the financial crisis, said the shares would be sold at between 220 pence and 290 pence each.
The mid-point of the range values the business at £1.28 billion below its book, or net asset value, of £1.6 billion.
The price reflects a cooling of investor interest in UK company flotations in recent weeks following a rush of activity earlier in 2014.
Clothing chain Fat Face pulled its planned London listing last week while shares in insurance-to-holidays firm Saga have fallen below their IPO price.
Lloyds, 25%-owned by the UK government, is obliged by European competition regulators to sell the 631 branches which now form TSB as a condition of receiving state aid during the financial crisis five years ago.
It must sell the whole of TSB by the end of 2015 and banking industry sources expect it the sale to carried out in three or four tranches.
TSB will publish the prospectus for the initial public offering later today. Final pricing will be announced on June 20, with initial dealings starting on the same day.
TSB has 4.5 million customers and 6% of bank branches in the UK, making it Britain's seventh-largest retail bank and giving it a head start over other challenger banks