RBS reports third quarter loss

Ryan Fowler

October 28, 2016

Taxpayer-controlled Royal Bank of Scotland has posted a £469m loss for the July-September as well as setting aside £425m to cover litigation costs for legacy mortgage related cases.

The £425m for litigation and misconduct includes settling legal cases in the US relating to the selling of residential mortgage-backed securities before the crisis.

The lender has also run up £469m of restructuring charges, partly due to its struggles to sell its Williams & Glyn branch network.

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The lender now admits that it won’t sell the network by the end of 2017, as it had earlier hoped. Yesterday Clydesdale Bank made an offer for the 300 branch network even if the pair find an agreement the process of divesting Williams & Glyn will take longer than the deadline.

However once restructuring costs and provision for litigation were excluded, the bank made an adjusted quarterly operating profit of £1.3bn.

Early trading saw RBS shares up 5%.

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