National Asset Management Agency (NAMA), the Irish State's toxic property loans agency, announced this morning that based on the recommendation of its adviser, Lazard, it has sold the Project Eagle portfolio of loans to affiliates of Cerberus Capital Management, L.P. (Cerberus) of the United States. The portfolio consists of loans owned by Northern Ireland-based debtors and secured by assets in Northern Ireland, the Republic, Great Britain and other European locations. The portfolio has a par value of £4.5bn (€5.4bn).
NAMA said the terms of transaction are
commercially sensitive and are not being disclosed.
NAMA is reported to have paid £1.1bn (€1.3bn) for a package of loans linked solely to assets and development in Northern Ireland which has formed part of the Project Eagle package.
Commenting on the transaction, Frank Daly, NAMA chairman, and Brendan McDonagh, NAMA CEO, said: “This transaction represents a significant achievement for NAMA. It is NAMA’s biggest single transaction to date and we are satisfied that the sales process will deliver the best possible result for the Irish taxpayer. NAMA management of this portfolio has been measured and supportive taking into consideration the particular circumstances in the Northern Ireland economy. We are assured by Cerberus that they will adopt a similar approach.J
ohn W. Snow, chairman of Cerberus Capital Management and former US Treasury secretary, said: "We are excited and gratified to reach agreement on this significant, mutually beneficial transaction with NAMA. This investment, and the underlying assets in Ireland and other European markets, will be an important foundation for our overall European strategy. Cerberus is a patient, long-term investor and has a well-established track record of making significant improvements to the assets that it manages. We believe Cerberus has the ideal base of expertise and experience to manage the Eagle portfolio and will be a strong partner for NAMA, for Northern Ireland and for all the stakeholders associated with this transaction.”
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