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Bids due this week for ‘Ariadne’ NPL portfolio

Bids due this week for ‘Ariadne’ NPL portfolio

Non-binding offers for a nonperforming loan (NPL) portfolio worth around 5 billion euros put on the block by Greece’s bad bank liquidator PQH are due this week, Italy’s biggest problem loan manager doValue said on Friday. 

In a call with analysts after doValue reported better-than-expected 2021 results, Chief Executive Andrea Mangoni said the group had teamed up with funds Bain and Fortress in the race to secure the portfolio, dubbed “Ariadne.” The three have worked together before. 

A consortium comprising doValue Greece, Bain and Fortress last year was picked in a €6 billion bad-loan securitization sale by National Bank of Greece. Bain and Fortress invested to buy the notes backed by the bad loans, while doValue provided the debt recovery services. 

Given the huge size of the loan pool, the bidding process for Ariadne will be very competitive, Mangoni said, adding the tender was one of doValue’s priorities at present and he was optimistic on its outcome. [Reuters]