Armed with the stress tests results, Ireland’s month-old Fine Gael-led government will seek to reopen the terms of the country’s 85 billion-euro bailout inked in November. Noonan will bring the results to a meeting of European finance ministers in Budapest starting on April 8 as he pushes for a reduction in the 5.8 percent interest rate on the loans.
The government also said it wants the ECB to provide longer-term financing for the banking system, and is seeking permission to share losses with senior bank bondholders. European policy makers are opposed to imposing losses on bank bondholders, on concern that it may reignite a banking crisis across the euro region.
Irish authorities also want fellow euro members to take direct stakes in the banks or provide insurance against losses for them as it tries to find buyers for lenders.
As a natural result, the ECB members are balking. As reported by ZeroHedge:
There has been disagreement in ECB governing council over new liquidity facility
ECB will not announce plans for a new liquidity facility to help Irish banks on Thursday
Not withstanding the ample evidence and analysis that I included in my post yesterday that clearly illustrated this as a forgone conclusion as early as this time last year..
- Financial Contagion vs. Economic Contagion: Does the Market Underestimate the Effects of the Latter?
- Lies, Damn Lies, and Sovereign Truths: Why the Euro is Destined to Collapse!
- Ovebanked, Underfunded, and Overly Optimistic: The New Face of Sovereign Europe
- Beware of the Potential Irish Ponzi Scheme!
- Ireland’s Bailout Is Finalized, The Indebted Gets More Debt As A Solution But The Fine Print Is Glossed Over – Caveat Emptor!
Amsterdam’s VPRO Backlight and Reggie Middleton on brutal honesty, destructive derivatives and the “overbanked” status of many European sovereign nations
I present to you a historical dance through why this was not only highly visible from afar, but practically unavoidable. Its as simple as this... There is a gigantic capital hole and structural imbalance in many European nations and someone is going to have to pay the piper. Here are my thoughts starting July 2010:
- Many Institutions Believe Ireland To Be A Model of Austerity Implementation But the Facts Beg to Differ!
- Death by a Thousand Irish Cuts: The Poster Child of Austerity Measure Success Gets Downgraded After Several Devastating Expenditure Reductions That Really, Really Hurt the Irish People! Monday, July 19th, 2010
- Many Are Still Underestimating the Damage That Can Be Done By Ireland’s Bank Troubles Wednesday, September 8th, 2010
- As We Have Clearly Anticipated Since Early 2010, Ireland is About to Go Monday, November 15th, 2010
- Erin Gone Broken Bank: The 2nd EMU Nation That Didn’t Need a Bailout Get’s Bailed Out Within Months, Next Up??? Monday, November 22nd, 2010
- The BoomBustBlog Contagion Model: How We Predicted 9 Months Ago That The UK and Sweden Would Rush To Bail Out Ireland, and Why Friday, November 26th, 2010
- Ireland’s Bailout Is Finalized, The Indebted Gets More Debt As A Solution But The Fine Print Is Glossed Over – Caveat Emptor! Monday, November 29th, 2010
- A Comparison of Our Greek Bond Restructuring Analysis to that of Argentina Wednesday, May 26th, 2010
For our professional and institutional subscribers, the Ireland Default Restructuring Scenario Analysis with Sustainable Debt/GDP Limits and Haircuts are available online. All subscribers have access tos the Irish Bank Strategy Note which adequately warned before Irish banks dropped 85% in value. The Ireland public finances projections is also available to all paying members.
For those who don’t believe haircuts are possible, remember Denmark already took the clippers out. Ireland looks like they may be bluffing, but suppose their bluff is called???
From Bloomberg Today: Bondholder Haircut from Ireland May Shut Italy & Spain Out of Funding Markets
Ireland making good on its threat to impose losses on senior bank bondholders would precipitate a funding crisis for lenders across southern Europe, according to CreditSights Inc. “The fallout would be big and it would be bad,” said John Raymond, a London-based analyst at the independent research firm. “The senior unsecured market would shut down, at least for a while. Right now, the bigger and better Spanish and Italian banks can still access the market. That could end.”
The Irish Central Bank will today publish the results of stress tests, requiring the banks to raise another 27.5 billion euros ($39 billion) of capital, according to the median estimate of 10 analysts surveyed by Bloomberg News. At the same time, the nation’s new government, led by Enda Kenny, is seeking to extract better terms on its bailout loan and secure medium-term funding from the European Central Bank to avoid a fire sale of lenders’ assets, threatening to burn bondholders.
Irish banks had about 16.4 billion euros of senior unsecured, unguaranteed bonds and another 20.9 billion euros of government-guaranteed notes outstanding as of Feb. 18, according to the Central Bank of Ireland. While governments have typically stepped in to prop up distressed lenders before senior creditors lose money, that has been changing after the cost to taxpayers of the 2008 financial crisis.
... Pressure on bondholders to share the burden of banks’ losses is growing. In Denmark, the government inflicted so- called haircuts on senior creditors and depositors of regional lender Amagerbanken A/S, which failed after losing money on investments including real-estate loans. Moody’s Investors Service cut ratings of five Danish banks, including Danske Bank A/S, the country’s biggest, pushing up funding costs. Ireland’s government has similar powers to Denmark’s under the terms of its banking act.
And in news just breaking... Ireland Says Four Lenders Need $34 Billion After Stress Tests :
Irish regulators instructed four banks to raise 24 billion euros ($34 billion) in additional capital following stress tests on the nation’s lenders.
Allied Irish Banks Plc (ALBK), the biggest lender during the decade-long economic boom, requires 13.3 billion euros, the central bank in Dublin said today after publishing the results for four banks. Bank of Ireland Plc must get 5.2 billion euros, while Irish Life & Permanent Plc and EBS Building Society make up the remainder, the central bank said.
“Banks will be capitalized as the additional capital requirements announced today provide for future loan losses over the course of the three years on a scale that is unlikely to occur and an additional buffer for subsequent events,” Governor Patrick Honohan said in the statement.
With inflation pressure increasing, haircuts knocking at the door and risks abound, one should expect that rate storm I warned about. There goes those CRE cap rates! You know, "This time is different!" I will go into this topic depth (and in English) in Amsterdam on April 8th. Anybody interested in attending should contact Jacob at the following link: www.seminar.ingref.com.