Athens: Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) is looking to offload its $5bn Greek ship finance business, Reuters reports. The aim is to find a buyer by December.
RBS has been one of the main lenders to Greek shipowners for decades. However, the banking group wants to cut back non-core activities, Reuters reported, citing sources connected with the sale. RBS’s Greek team numbers about 60 employees.
RBS is also scaling back business in Africa, the Middle East, Europe and Asia as it focuses on the UK market.
RBS’s planned Greek shipping exit follows on from another British bank choosing to cut ties with the industry. Last April, Lloyd’s Banking Group offloaded much of its ship finance portfolio for $500m.
RBS, which has been undergoing extensive restructuring for the last five years, will keep its non-Greek shipping portfolio, worth some $6bn, the report claimed.