Has NAMA received a bailout to cover almost €300m of interest payments due 7 days ago?
It came as a surprise earlier this year that NAMA was given a €250m “recoupable advance” authorised by the Department of Finance. This was in addition to the €49m state investment in the NAMA special purpose vehicle and €51m of private investment in the same. When responding to Richard Bruton’s question in the Oireachtas which prompted the revelation of the €250m advance (though the next day it was confirmed in the May Exchequer Statement) Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan said “The second [payment to NAMA – the first being the €49m capital payment to the NAMA SPV] was an advance of €250 million, which must be repaid to the Central Fund by 31 October 2010, to provide the Agency with a liquidity buffer to meet working capital demands pending the establishment of its own funding programme”. So next month NAMA is expected to repay €250m.
Of course NAMA was required to pay on 1st September, 2010 the coupon on its NAMA bonds and a rough estimate is that it needed to pay €290m (see below). The €290m is probably an underestimate as it appears NAMA has been transferring tranches in, erm, mini-tranches and the dates shown are the dates when the total tranche has been declared transferred. Luckily for NAMA, the first coupon on the subordinated debt is only payable on 1st March 2011 – I say luckily because the subordinated debt has quite a nasty rate of interest at the 10-year government bond rate – that’s the one that’s at 6.1% today – plus 0.75% – if banks are getting 7% per annum on subordinated debt for 10 years then why not having the debt honoured at the end if NAMA makes a loss might not be such an issue?
These type of moneys are regularly transferred to NAMA and believe it or not Anglo Irish Bank as well
Is there anyone asking the questions why we are paying these huge sums out to an entity that has no idea what to do with the countless of boxes of documents coming from the Banks that are supposed to contain the relevant deeds and convaincing documents needed to show ownership of property and any outstanding charges on the properties concerned .
I am reliably informed that this documentation is no where near complete and the question has to be asked why are NAMA paying for property that has no proper documentation?
At this stage we the taxpayers may have an even bigger problem on our hands if we are taking control of property that has no proper convaincing, no proper or up to date deeds and that may in most cases have been compromised by having multiple charges already over the same properties
Of course the banks are delighted to be rid of such toxic assets.