RBS to pay $5.5bn fine over US loan misselling scandal

Settlement with Federal Housing Financing Agency is part of multibillion-pound charges it faces from US professionals

Royal Bank of Scotland has been ordered to pay $5. 5bn (4. 2bn) to ALL OF US regulators for misselling toxic home loan bonds in a stark reminder from the behaviour in the run-up to the economic crisis.

The particular penalty from the Federal government Housing Finance Agency is one element of a multibillion-pound costs that the 71% taxpayer-owned bank people to resolve long-running disputes with regulators in the US over the sale of mortgages grouped together into bonds more than a decade ago.

Ross McEwan, chief executive of RBS, said: This particular settlement is a stark reminder associated with what happened to this bank before the economic crisis, and the heavy price paid for the pursuit of global ambitions. This financial institution and British taxpayers have compensated a high price for these poor choices.

Present day announcement is an important step forward in fixing one of the most significant legacy matters dealing with RBS and is further evidence of the particular determination of the banks leadership to place our remaining issues behind all of us.

Considering that its bailout in 2008, RBS has incurred fees and legal costs of 15bn .

The Edinburgh-based bank will be facing another punishment from the ALL OF US Department of Justice for the same routines, which could cost a more 9bn , and admitted this had not yet engaged in talks about money in this matter.

The FHFA charges relates to the way that $32bn associated with mortgages were packaged up plus sold as residential mortgage-backed investments (RMBS) between 2005 and 3 years ago, when RBS was the largest non-US bank engaged in this practice. The particular bonds were sold to ALL OF US housing agencies Fannie Mae plus Freddie Mac the linchpin from the housing market as they buy mortgages through lenders to allow them to grant more mortgage loans before the market collapsed during the economic crisis, leaving the buyers nursing large losses.

The settlement does not include any kind of admission of wrongdoing by the financial institution, which shut down the bond-selling procedure once known as Greenwich NatWest 3 years ago. McEwan said the group involved in selling these RMBS acquired left by then.

Analysts at Jefferies said the FHFA bill had been $1bn more than they had been planning on, although it is largely covered by existing procedures. RBS shares gave back a few of the days gains and were level at 257p late afternoon, nicely below the 500p at which people break even on their stake.

McEwan said: The never a great experience as a TOP DOG to be writing such a large check… Unfortunately, this is the price were paying out to get this organisation into a far better shape.

Ahead of the FHFA settlement, the bank acquired put aside 6. 6bn to cover the price of RMBS misselling and the penalty through the FHFA accounted for 3. 6bn of the.

The total bill for RBS falls to 3. 6bn due to indemnity agreements but the bank accepted it will need to take another 151m supply to cover the rest of the FHFA settlement.

FHFA submitted 18 lawsuits in 2011 in relation to RMBS misselling and the settlement with RBS is the 17th.

It is not clear how much from the remaining 3bn of provisions is within preparation for any settlement with the DoJ, which McEwan has said he desires to resolve by the end of this year. Since the year progresses it gets progressively challenging [to solve this by the end of the year], Ewen Stevenson, finance director of RBS, informed analysts.

McEwan said the settlement using the FHFA was a good step forward yet did not solve all the barriers dealing with the banks ability to start spending dividends for the first time in a decade.

The bank should also make a profit McEwan has already warned that this bank is course to review 10 years of consecutive annual deficits since its 45bn bailout plus pass its annual stress check from the Bank of England. Additionally, it needs the Treasury to reach the deal with Brussels over alternatives to the sale of 300 limbs which were to be called Williams & Glyn to meet problems imposed by the European commission during the time of its bailout.

Todays settlement removes a substantial obstacle that was previously blocking the particular resumption of dividends, said experts at Bernstein. The W&G arrangement with the European commission remains another remaining significant obstacle and, as soon as resolved, will set RBS on with resumption of the dividend from the coming year.

Times before Christmas, the DoJ extracted $12. 5bn within settlements from Deutsche Bank plus Credit Suisse more than RMBS but it is taking lawful action against Barclays, which has declined to settle.