Germany’s NordLB Bank: “40% Of Our Shipping Loan Book Is Non-Performing”

the challenges facing Germany’s second-largest shipping lender, German Landersbank NordLB first emerged this summer, when we reported that the bank was considering taking full control of its smaller, distressed peer, Bremer Landesbank (BLB), which was struggling under the weight of a portfolio of bad shipping loans in what effectively constituted a state-backed bailout. BLB, of which NordLB already owns 54.8%, had warned that it would have to take a €400m writedown on its shipping portfolio, and that as a result it was facing a “mid-triple-digit million loss” this year. As Germany’s Handelsblatt wrote back in July, “shipping loans have brought Bremer LB into distress and the bank can not survive without government help, but a direct capital injection from Lower Saxony now looks unlikey.”


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