LONDON Feb 27 Buyout firm Blackstone Group
and insurer Prudential are the preferred bidders
for about 12.5 billion pounds ($15.5 billion) in mortgages made
by failed British lender Bradford & Bingley, a person with
knowledge of the matter said.
Bradford & Bingley, a buy-to-let mortgage provider bailed
out by the British government during the financial crisis, is
now owned by government vehicle UK Asset Resolution (UKAR) which
declined to comment because of the contractual obligation of
Spokesmen for Blackstone and Prudential also declined to
comment on the report which was first published by Bloomberg.
The person said Blackstone would take a majority of the
mortgages, which are being repaid, while Prudential takes a
Bradford & Bingley is being run by UK Asset Resolution with
the aim of winding it down. It is not writing any new business.
UKAR said in 2016 it would sell Bradford & Bingley's 15.65
billion pound mortgage portfolio, which also includes around 3
billion pounds in non-performing loans, in two or three
transactions, as it seeks a speedier repayment of taxpayers'
Terms of the sale were not known and the person said any
announcement was weeks away.
($1 = 0.8056 pounds)
(Reporting by Dasha Afanasieva, Andrew MacAskill and Carolyn
Cohn; Editing by Ruth Pitchford/Rachel Armstrong)